Plastics News reporter Frank Esposito gathered the following items at TPE Topcon 2005, held Sept. 11-13 in Akron, Ohio.
GLS Corp. completes expansion in Illinois
GLS Corp. wrapped up a 20,000-square-foot expansion of its thermoplastic elastomer plant in McHenry, Ill., in early 2005.
Marketing director Walt Ripple said the project gives the firm more capacity for its product line. GLS has no plans for future expansion at this time, he added.
GLS generates about $100 million in annual TPE sales. The firm has been a licensed compounder of Kraton-brand styrenic block copolymers since 1979.
In late 2004, GLS commercialized new grades of its Versaflex-brand TPE and Versollan-brand thermoplastic polyurethane for overmolding applications.
Teknor Apex to offer new Uniprene grades
Teknor Apex Co. is commercializing new grades of its Uniprene-brand thermoplastic vulcanizates for auto parts.
The new high-performance, high-temperature grades are being marketed under the Uniprene XL name, according to sales engineer Elizabeth Ponte.
They're being produced at Teknor's headquarters site in Pawtucket, R.I.
``We're trying to improve TPV properties so they can bridge the gap between TPVs and thermoset rubber,'' Ponte said.
Baker Hughes aims waxes at PE and PP
Additives maker Baker Hughes is looking to expand its wax products from expanded polystyrene into polyethylene, polypropylene and other plastics.
Sugar Land, Texas-based Baker Hughes already works with most of the world's EPS makers, according to district account manager Sandy Mitton.
In EPS production, the firm's waxes work as a nucleating agent during polymerization to improve the cellular structure and strength of the resin beads.
Baker Hughes' waxes, produced in Barnsdall, Okla., also can improve resin's cooling rate, Mitton added.