Companies’ advanced materials offer durability, new applications

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: November 27, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Suppliers

ATLANTA (Nov. 27, 10:10 a.m. ET) — Georgia Gulf Corp. is one of several compounders that have advanced new materials since midyear. Teknor Apex Co., Elastocon TPE Technologies Inc. and Kraiburg TPE GmbH & Co. KG also are on that list.

Atlanta-based Georgia Gulf has partnered with architectural products maker InPro Corp. of Muskego, Wis., to make rigid PVC blends that are more sustainable, thanks to replacing heavy-metal stabilizers with organic-based ones. The new organic blends will be used by InPro in rigid wall cladding, handrails, crash rails, corner guards and kickplates.

“Our work with Georgia Gulf places us well ahead of the curve,” InPro Chief Operating Officer Glenn Kennedy said in a news release. “We can offer our customers a more eco-friendly PVC blend that retains its great durability.

“Our clients will never know the difference,” Kennedy added. “But we will, and that’s reason enough for us to make the change.”

At Teknor Apex in Pawtucket, R.I., the firm has launched a pair of Chemlon-brand compounds based on nylon 12 for the automotive market. The new materials are aimed to fill gaps caused by shortages of nylon 12 in that sector earlier this year.

The new grades provide the chemical resistance and low moisture absorption required in fuel-line components, according to automotive market manager Jeff Schmidt. One of the grades has a 13 percent carbon-fiber loading for antistatic conductivity, while the other has a 30 percent glass-fiber loading for enhanced strength and rigidity.

Finished dimensions of parts using the new materials are acceptable in existing tooling used for nylon 12, with little to no modification, Schmidt said in a news release. Automotive is the largest end market for Teknor’s Chemlon line. One application in that end market already has been commercialized.

For Elastocon TPE in Rochester, Ill., several new grades of clear compounds based on styrenic block copolymers have been commercialized. The new materials offer medical-products designers and manufacturers a broader selection of materials, officials said in a news release.

Potential applications for the new SBC compounds include grips for medical and dental utensils, as well as knobs and buttons for medical equipment. Officials said the new materials are odorless, can be extruded or injection molded, can be color-tinted and have good tear resistance. All Elastocon grades are latex-free.

Kraiburg TPE — a German firm with U.S. headquarters and compound production in Duluth, Ga. — has found a home for its styrenic block copolymer compounds used in animal-tag readers made by Gallagher Animal Management of Hamilton, New Zealand. Gallagher needed a resilient material that could withstand the harsh conditions of cattle yards. The firm was able to use a Kraiburg material in its pistol-grip-styled reader that could read radio frequency identification tags. The material — part of Kraiburg’s Thermolast K product line — was able to withstand dust, rain and other challenges.


Comments

Companies’ advanced materials offer durability, new applications

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: November 27, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Resin market has consolidated as it matured

November 28, 2014 6:00 am ET

The classic quantity vs. quality debate has played out in the ranks of North American resin makers in the last 25 years.    More

Image

Sipa buys Automa's PET bottle machinery business

November 28, 2014 10:02 am ET

Sipa SpA has acquired the injection-stretch-blow molding (ISBM) equipment business of Automa SpA. No transaction price was disclosed in the...    More

Image

'Evolution, not revolution' on the horizon for A. Schulman

November 28, 2014 6:00 am ET

Bernard Rzepka's schedule for his first year as CEO of compounding leader A. Schulman Inc. does not include reinventing the wheel.    More

Image

Penn Color plans $10 million expansion

November 28, 2014 6:00 am ET

Penn Color Inc. will break ground late next year on a 100,000-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing site in Hatfield, Pa.    More

New liquid colorants for PET packaging released

November 28, 2014 6:00 am ET

PolyOne Corp. has launched a line of new liquid colorants for PET packaging in personal care and cosmetic products.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events