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Integrated aliphatic TPU
The company's integrated aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) range of solutions features the latest developments and improvements in Merquinsa legacy aliphatic TPUs for molding. Building on the improved UV and staining resistance shown by Pearlthane 91T85 (88 durometer A hardness) in molded parts like watch belts and weatherable electronic devices, the firm has expanded its aliphatic TPU offering, commercialized under Estane Engineered Polymers. The aliphatic portfolio now includes new and improved molding grades for the industrial, automotive, sports and recreation, and electronics markets. Driven by the increasing demand for light colors and/or optical clarity in several technical and fashion-end applications, the latest developments from Estane Engineered Polymers are said to have resulted in an improved formula for Pearlthane D91T80. This aliphatic TPU grade (82 durometer A hardness) is said to offer excellent color stability upon UV exposure, and also features excellent elasticity properties, according to the company. Additionally, Pearlthane D91T86 has been recently introduced, with a 90 durometer A hardness, to obtain a faster processing and better cycling time.


Post date: 4/15/2014

Mold release systems
TraSys water-based release coatings are offered by the company. These mold release agents use highly effective, stable raw materials that are synthesized in a unique process to provide the proper balance of durability and release for an application. Product consistency, reliability and availability are said to help keep production running smoothly. TraSys coating and release systems are water-based release coatings that enable molders to meet even the most stringent existing and anticipated environmental regulations, without sacrificing production. They are free of chlorofluorocarbons, ozone-depleting chemicals and volatile organic compounds. The water-based technology in TraSys mold release coatings helps avoid the challenges associated with solvents and alcohol. High levels of performance and longevity are offered at a competitive price.


Post date: 4/15/2014

Propylene-based elastomer
Addition of Vistamaxx PBE to a masterbatch from Shanghai Xiner enables a low processing temperature of about 120C (248F). This is said to be particularly important if heat-sensitive additives are being used. Also, when the masterbatch is used in applications such as films, almost no adjustment in processing temperature is required. Use of Vistamaxx PBE in masterbatch is said to allow for excellent dispersion of functional additives and color pigments.

ExxonMobil Chemical

Post date: 4/15/2014

Light-curable adhesives
Light-curable adhesives Cyclic olefin polymers/copolymers (COP/COC) are said to have become popular choices in the point-of-care device industry because of their many advantages, including high strength, hardness, low water absorption and excellent biocompatibility. The company's 1072-M MD adhesive is a UV/broad-spectrum-cured adhesive specifically designed for bonding COC/COP film laminates and other difficult-to-bond polymers. Designed to be LED optimized, 1072-M will cure in less than three seconds after exposure to LED or broad spectrum UV light. Optimal cure time can be achieved by using this product in conjunction with an LED light curing system from the company, designed to provide users with significant advantages over conventional lamp-curing systems, including cooler curing temperatures, more consistent cure results, lower intensity degradation over time, lower energy consumption and reduced costs.


Post date: 4/15/2014

Advanced SBR and BR
High quality, advanced technology SBR and BR products from Synthos S.A. are distributed by the company. Synthetic rubber production is executed by two main technologies, including emulsion and solution polymerization. Two groups of emulsion rubber are offered, including emulsion styrene-butadiene rubbers (ESBR) and high styrene rubbers (HSR), as well as one solution rubber, butadiene rubber (NdBR). Styrene-butadiene rubbers are sold under the Kralex and KER product names. Kralex rubber is produced in the Czech Republic, and KER is produced in Poland. Styrene-butadiene rubbers are produced by a technology of cold emulsion polymerization and coagulated by a system of acid and synthetic coagulant, and are stabilized by staining or non-staining antioxidants. Some grades are solid, and some are modified by extender oils, including treated distillate aromatic extract (TDAE) or residual aromatic extract (RAE). Styrene-butadiene rubbers are suitable for rubber compounds used in the production of tires, conveyor belts, footwear, wire and cable, hose and various other molded goods.

Harwick Standard Distribution

Post date: 4/15/2014

Molecular imprinting
The Handbook of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers is said to provide a useful guide to preparing molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for diverse practical applications. The first chapters focus on specific applications, such as MIPs for sample concentration, MIPs for chromatography and related techniques, MIPs as sensor components, MIPs as traps for medical and bioremediation, MIPs as catalysts and artificial enzymes, and MIPs as components of drug delivery systems. The book examines interest in the MIP approach for specific applications, specific aspects of the synthesis of MIPs for this aim, and representative examples of MIPs and their performance in various applications.

Smithers Rapra

Post date: 3/6/2014

Radial shaft seal rubbers
Radial shaft seal rubbers HSS radial shaft seals are designed to promote optimized performance and reliability for critical steel mill and metals industry assets. The all-rubber, reinforced sealing solutions are said to provide metal rolling mills with high-performance and easy-to-install solutions to protect large-size bearings from the ingress of potentially harmful contaminants. HSS seals are manufactured from nitrile rubber (NBR), SKF Duratemp (HNBR) and SKF Duralife (FKM). The standard grade of these materials is used for the sealing lip and a harder grade is engineered for the part of the seal body contacting the housing bore to impart improved stability during installation and in operation. SKF Duratemp is a hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR) that is said to combine the wear resistance of SKF Duralip with increased high-temperature resistance. SKF Duratemp is also said to be more resistant to chemical attack, weather, aging and ozone. SKF Duralife is a fluoro rubber compound said to be characterized by its very good wear, and thermal and chemical resistance. Its resistance to weather and aging from UV light and ozone is said to be very good and its gas permeability is very slight.


Post date: 3/6/2014

NdPBR rubber grades
Two easy processing grades of neodymium polybutadiene (NdPBR) are said to ease the production of, for example, fuel-efficient tires. Buna Nd 22 EZ and Buna Nd 24 EZ are said to be characterized by high molar masses necessary to fabricate tires with outstanding low rolling resistance, but are still exceptionally easy to process due to new rubber modification technology from the company. Hence, these modified NdPBR grades are said to represent attractive alternatives for the high performance NdPBR Buna CB22 and CB24 rubbers already widely applied in the tire industry, according to the company.


Post date: 3/6/2014

Monol oligomer technology
Krasol LBH 5000M is the latest addition to the company's portfolio of liquid polybutadiene additives. The mono-hydroxyl functional oligomer (monol) is said to be a versatile additive that supports new applications for reactive polybutadienes. The monol can also be hydrogenated to produce a clear liquid (Krasol HLBH 5000M). As a long-chain alcohol (C250), the monol retains resistance to acids and bases in harsh environments, is hydrolytically stable and is compatible with hydrocarbons. In composite systems, the oligomeric chain can promote surface modification and adhesion.

Cray Valley

Post date: 3/6/2014

Semi-permanent release
Frekote Aqualine R-220 is said to offer excellent release and slip properties and is recommended for the most demanding rubber molding applications, such as EPDM rubber. When properly applied to a preheated surface, this water-based product chemically bonds to the mold surface to form a thin, inert, thermally stable release coating. Frekote Aqualine R-220 is used as received and is normally spray applied to hot mold surfaces ranging in temperature between 140F (60C) to 400F (204C). Four applications are recommended for warm mold temperatures, while six applications are recommended for hot molds. These mold releases are said to be fast curing and non-flammable, and offer reduced reject rates and improved storage stability.

Rudolph Bros.

Post date: 3/6/2014

Bio-based TPOs
Bio-based TPOs Oflex is a bio-based thermoplastic polyolefin coated fabric made from Gaialene, a sustainable thermoplastic plant-based resin. This resin, made from starch by Roquette, is a specific flexible grade. The Oflex bio-based line consists of a textile material or foam coated with these new bio-based TPOs. As developed, the coating lends itself readily to dyeing, is free of plasticizers, and is recyclable in the polyolefin stream. It is said to offer numerous design options with a high level of performance. The technical partnership of the company with Roquette allowed it to develop an entire line of fabrics coated with bio-based TPOs that are free of phthalates and PVCs. Thanks to their great flexibility and softness, the products offer a genuine alternative to coated PVCs and leathers, according to the company. The Oflex bio-based line contains 25-35% plant-based resources, which sets it apart from conventional coated fabrics.


Post date: 1/2/2014

Cable insulation rubber
Cable insulation rubber Aflas 150E is an advanced insulation material option for HEV/EV cable. Aflas 150E fluoroelastomers outperform XL-PE cable systems, providing superior chemical resistance, flexibility and high temperature performance (200C versus 150C), according to the company. Cable constructions using Aflas are thinner, lighter weight and more flexible than those using XL-PE. Aflas fluoroelastomers are said to be ideal for HEV/EV cable for automotive applications that need to be lightweight and continue performing reliably at high temperatures. The material is compatible with aluminum and copper wire cores, is non-flammable, vibration resistant and flexible. Lightweight cable constructions with sustained performance are said to have become a necessity in the automotive industry. Aflas 150E is said to be a more durable, flexible, high temperature material that allows for thinner wire insulation at equivalent performance levels, according to the manufacturer.

AGC Chemicals Americas

Post date: 1/2/2014

TPVs for steering boots
Rack and pinion steering boots made from Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizates are said to have been meeting the needs of automotive under-chassis applications for many years. Steering boots must withstand chemical and physical attack and extremes of temperature, while maintaining excellent sealing performance. Steering boot manufacturers are said to be using Santoprene TPVs because, compared to EPDM rubber or chloroprene rubber, they can reduce weight, improve part performance and provide effective protection against the weather, oil, road salt, debris and other harsh environmental elements. Santoprene TPVs are said to contribute to a reduction in overall waste in the manufacturing process, as any scrap produced during processing can be recycled. Santoprene TPVs are said to combine properties that are similar to conventional thermoset rubber with the processing speed, efficiency and economy of a thermoplastic.

ExxonMobil Chemical

Post date: 10/15/2013

SMA copolymers
Xiran styrene, maleic anhydride and N-phenylmaleimide terpolymers are said to offer high dimensional accuracy, very low warpage, superior adhesion and a low density of the final part. Xiran IZ grades are designed to be highly efficient in increasing the high heat performance of engineering plastic, especially in styrenics like ABS. They were developed to respond to the increasing trend within the industry to create styrenic engineering plastics with high temperature resistance and low volatile residuals. The Xiran IZ grades can be exposed to higher processing temperatures with excellent miscibility.


Post date: 10/15/2013

Polymer chemicals
This manufacturer of differentiated chemicals offers an extensive portfolio of products and technologies, including amines and adhesives, carbonates and curing agents, isocyanates and surfactants, thermoplastic polyurethanes, polyurethanes and titanium dioxide pigments, all designed to help customers drive value and performance from their polymer formulations. Altiris infrared reflecting pigment is an award winning titanium dioxide pigment, developed in response to a global challenge to help reduce energy consumption. Additions have been made to the Avalon TPU footwear range for design flexibility with TPU grades that are highly transparent and UV stabilized. Deltio pigment is a low dust, free flow titanium dioxide pigment for bright white polymers. Irogran A 95 P 5003 TPU is a halogen-free TPU with excellent flame retardancy for industrial and consumer wire and cable applications. Specific Irogran TPU grades are manufactured to exacting specifications for use in food contact applications such as conveyor belts, hoses and tubes.


Post date: 10/15/2013

Carbon masterbatches
Carbon nanotube masterbatches are said to offer excellent mechanical reinforcement potential. The CarboElast technology represents a gentle dispersion process for the production of carbon nanotube masterbatches, initially for NBR. These masterbatches are completely dust-free and far easier to incorporate into a compound than CNT powder. They are said to contribute to excellent mechanical reinforcement in the elastomer itself. Due to the low CNT proportions in the vulcanizate, the shear modulus is subject to a dynamic mechanical loss more than 30% lower than for vulcanizates with conventional fillers and a comparable level of reinforcement (modulus 100%).

Rhein Chemie

Post date: 10/15/2013

Rubber bonding adhesive
Specially designed for bonding natural rubber, Chemlok 6954 is a general purpose adhesive composed of a mixture of polymers, organic compounds and mineral fillers dissolved or dispersed in an organic solvent system. This adhesive bonds natural rubber, and is said to provide excellent glycol and pre-bake resistance, as well as temperature resistance.


Post date: 10/15/2013

High aspect ratio talcs
Micro-lamellar and high aspect ratio talcs are said to offer sustainable and technical advantages. The company's talcs are derived from natural minerals. They are inert and infinitely recyclable in the end product, making them an environmentally preferable choice for tomorrow's lighter, greener polymers. Micro-lamellar talcs, including the Mistrocell range, are said to make ideal nucleating agents for new polyolefin-based foam composites used to produce lightweight materials with improved stiffness at lower densities. The firm's Crys-Talc product is a high brightness, micro-lamellar talc development which is said to be an ideal nucleating agent for homopolymer and copolymer polypropylene. Used at addition rates as low as 0.5%, Crys-Talc optimizes rigidity, impact strength, heat resistance, crystallization temperature and haze. Mistroblock talc is based on a very bright micro-lamellar talc. Mistroblock lowers blocking force and coefficient of friction in polyethylene film production. The Steamic, Jetfine and HAR ranges are said to make ideal reinforcing fillers and nucleating agents in renewable bioplastics which are said to be gaining ground in markets traditionally dominated by conventional oil-based thermoplastics.

Imerys Talc

Post date: 10/15/2013

Blasting media solution
Collaborating closely with SABIC, this firm has developed a blasting media solution that maintains efficiency in cryogenic environments for longer periods of time. This is said to be important, as the cryogenic deflashing process is being used more often, with the rapid growth in parts consolidation in the automotive industry and miniaturization of devices in the healthcare industry. As these markets grow, there is said to be a greater need for a polycarbonate blasting media product that can both withstand the impact of the process without sacrificing performance in cryogenic environments, over extended periods of time. By using SABIC's Lexan EXL resin, the firm is able to offer a more valuable blasting media solution to its customers as their industry continues to evolve and grow. Cryogenic plastic media blasting is beginning to replace traditional methods used for deflashing. In addition to being less abrasive than traditional deflashing media, it is a cost-effective solution, as it offers a better quality finish with shorter cleaning times, and it allows the customer to automate the process and recycle the media used. Lexan EXL resin is said to demonstrate enhanced performance.


Post date: 10/15/2013

Processing aids
Vanfre AP-3 is said to be a very effective process aid for both natural and synthetic rubbers. It reduces compound plasticity and improves mold flow and release, while having little effect on optimum physical properties, according to the manufacturer. Vanfre AP-3, being phthalate-free, is designed for FDA compliant and REACH applications.

Vanderbilt Chemicals, LLC

Post date: 10/15/2013

Flame retardant thermoplastic elastomers
Flame retardant thermoplastic elastomers High performance flame retardant thermoplastic elastomers have been developed for use where resistance to ignition, flame-spread and low smoke emission are required. These flame retardant grades of TPEs are formulated for use in electrical enclosures, batteries, automotive and appliance applications. Many manufacturers have developed excellent non-halogen grade flame retardant TPE resins. Although these non-halogen systems exhibit good flame resistance, they very often lack the physical performance of more traditional TPE resins, according to the company. The firm has developed a family of special halogenated TPE systems that should be suitable for various applications requiring stringent flame retardant performance requirements like UL 94V0. They are within government environmental guidelines and exhibit very high mechanical properties, excellent UV resistance and are easy to process. In addition, these resins do not require drying with a desiccant dryer before processing, as do many of the newer flame retardant resins. Features and benefits of the flame retardant TPE grades are said to include excellent weather resistance, UV resistance, good chemical resistance and flexibility. Offered in a wide range of hardnesses, from durometer 95A to 50D, they are suitable for a variety of applications requiring flexibility and excellent flame resistance. Applications for the TPEs include electrical insulation, cords and connectors (including appliances), sockets, plug ends, welding cables, battery components and numerous automotive components such as fuel line and brake line covers, as well as industrial hose covers.

Elastocon TPE Technologies

Post date: 10/15/2013

Impact And Processing Modifiers
A range of impact and processing modifier products, each designed to meet specific technical needs, includes Biostrength impact and processing modifiers for biopolymers; Clearstrength MBS impact modifiers, state-of-the art specialty additives for both PVC and engineering plastics; Plastistrength processing aids tailored for wide range of PVC and engineering resin applications in construction, automotive and packaging; and Durastrength impact modifiers are an industry standard that provide outstanding impact characteristics, a wide processing window and excellent outdoor weatherability.


Post date: 6/26/2013


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