The world of commodity resins will expand at NPE 2000, and engineering resins makers will be taking many of their specialized wares to the mammoth plastics show, June 19-23 in Chicago. Dow Chemical Co. (Booth S2700): New grades of Elite-brand enhanced polyethylene, Affinity polyolefin plastomers, Inspire polypropylene, Styron A-Tech polystyrene, Questra syndiotactic PS, Vydyne nylon, Blox epoxy-based resins, Index ethylene-styrene interpolymers and Saran polyvinylidene chloride.
DuPont (Booth S3342): New grades of Zytel HTN-brand high-performance nylon for metal-replacement structural parts. Zenite liquid crystal polymers to reduce cycle time and eliminate flash removal. Zytel nylon for thinner parts in flame-retardant applications. Also, Delrin acetal for longer life cycles for gears.
Dynasol (Booth E14439): Styrenic block copolymers for compounding and plastic modification.
Dyneon LLC (Booth N8036): Dyneon THV fluoropolymers for fire-retardant clean room applications in the semiconductor industry. Dyneon TFM fluoropolymers for lip seals, gaskets, rings and high-pressure hoses.
Eastman Chemical Co. (Booth S3332): Embrace-brand copolyesters for shrink film and Imperm brand nylon-based nanocomposite resins for multilayer PET containers.
Equistar Chemicals LP (Booth S2314): New grades of high-molecular-weight PE for film downgauging, low density PE for exceptional optics in coextrusions, HMW HDPE for paper replacement, LDPE for extrusion laminating and bimodal HDPE for injection molding. Also, thermoplastic olefin for metal replacement in automotive exteriors.
Gharda Chemicals Ltd. (Booth N8961): Gafone-S polysulfone.
BFGoodrich Co. (Booth S3142): New grades of Estane-brand thermoplastic polyurethanes for greater burst strength, clarity and processability. Stat-Rite polymer alloys for clean room applications. And, Temprite chlorinated PVC for high-temperature, flame-retardant, low-smoke applications.
Kuraray America Inc. (Booth E13821): At Kuraray Group's Eval Co. of America booth, Kuraray's hydrogenated styrene block copolymers.
Marubeni America Corp./Asahi Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. (Booth E13134): Styrene block copolymers.
Nova Chemicals Corp. (Booth N9330): Styrosun-brand ultraviolet-resistant PS, Verx crystal and high-impact PS and Zyntar ignition-resistant HIPS.
PolyChem Alloy Inc. (Booth E12713): FlexGel thermoplastic elastomers with controlled viscosities.