A number of resin makers are launching new products — or new and improved grades of existing products — at NPE 2003. The following products are now available to processors.
Basell Polyolefins (Booth S2603): OxyPP masterbatches and compounds with improved dispersion and distribution mixing, improved color opacity and enhanced wet-out on polar organic and inorganic surfaces. Also debuting Metocene PP resins — metallocene-based materials with improved impact performance and cost efficiency for packaging, consumer and medical uses vs. crystal polystyrene — and Adstif PP resins for improved productivity, part performance, aesthetic and cost savings vs. PS, PVC and PET.
BASF Corp. (Booth S155): Launch of upgraded Plastics Portal, shared Internet site of company's styrenics and performance polymers businesses. Includes capabilities such as order placement and tracking, advanced database, data sheets and technical bulletins.
DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC (Booth S2249): New grades of Engage-brand polyolefin elastomers with greater flexibility. Also two new grades of Viton FreeFlow-brand additive packages for production of blown film, cast film and extruded pipe, wire and cable.
Kraton Polymers (Booth E12421): Kraton A-brand styrenic block copolymers, which are high-performance elastomers with good dielectric properties and reprocessability. Materials can improve strength, elasticity, temperature resistance and grip in toys, packaging, automotive and other parts.
Nilit America (Booth N8343): New grades of nylon 6/6 resins.
Noveon Inc. (Booth S422): Estane ETE (easy-to-extrude) thermoplastic polyurethanes that eliminate die buildup associated with extrusion of high-hardness TPUs. Available in both polyester and polyether material grades. Can be used as alternative to nylons and copolyester elastomers in tubing applications. Includes grades of up to Shore 70D.
Resin Technology Inc. (Booth N4575): Introduction of RTintelligence, which the firm claims is the industry's largest informational data bank on real-time resin prices. System is based on Microsoft.net and includes info from resin suppliers, brokers, traders, exports and imports.
Septon Co. of America (Booth E12821): Septon 4077, a very high-molecular-weight grade of Septon-brand styrenic block copolymer.