Compounders adopt Dow's Questra PS
MIDLAND, MICH. — Three plastics compounders have signed agreements with Dow Plastics to use the company's Questra-brand crystalline metallocene polymers.
Dow officials said the companies — LNP Engineering Plastics Inc. of Exton, Pa.; RTP Co. of Winona, Minn.; and Lati USA Inc. of Mount Pleasant, S.C. — will move Questra into new product and market applications and advance the product's commercialization.
Questra, which Dow featured at NPE 1997 in Chicago, is a metallocene- based, syndiotactic polystyrene that offers an extremely high melting point (518§ F), low specific gravity, exceptional electrical properties and good stiffness, according to the Midland-based company.
Dow believes Questra has potential in automotive and mechanical parts, injection molded electrical and electronic parts, internal appliance parts and other uses.
Questra is expected to compete with liquid crystal polymers, polyphen- ylene sulfide, nylons and polyesters in injection molding and film applications.
Commercial Plastics expands Va. facility
NORFOLK, VA.—Commercial Plastics & Supply Corp., a distributor and manufacturer of sheet, rod, film and tubing, recently moved its Norfolk service center to a larger facility in Norfolk.
The new facility, which is 10,000 square feet, is about twice as large as the old center, according to David Higgins, branch manager.The company has not determined the cost of the move.
Higgins said in a telephone interview that the move will double the Norfolk branch's business, but he would not disclose sales figures. The Norfolk operation serves southeast and eastern Virginia. Commercial Plastics is based in Boca Raton, Fla.
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