International Technical Polymer Systems Inc. is increasing production by 25-30 percent to meet demand for its Intec-brand material additive and other products.
Niles, Ohio-based ITPS will install new equipment to meet the production goal, said Rich Warren, technical and engineering director. Intec is a metal oxide that's being marketed to compounders and color concentrate makers.
Intec has been drawing more interest recently as compounders and molders look for products that aren't affected by oil prices and aren't part of the petrochemical chain, according to Rob Dalton, president of Louisville, Ky.-based RHD Polymer & Chemical LLC. RHD is working with ITPS to market Intec, which is based on magnesium, titanium or aluminum. It first was commercialized in 1999 and, to date, primarily has been sold into the rubber industry.
``With oil costs going up, a product like Intec can offer greater stability to customers because it's not subject to the same pressures,'' Dalton said.
The firm claims Intec can reduce mold cycle times by as much as 15-30 percent and improve demolding and extrusion rates and reduce scrap rates, officials said. It also acts as a flow enhancer and can assist in mold release.
Resins that can benefit from Intec include polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC, ABS, nylon and polycarbonate, the company said. Available in powder and pellet form, the material can be used with recycled and prime resin grades and has improved performance in various interior, exterior and under-the-hood auto parts as well as in several industrial applications.
ITPS does export business with Intec in China and Mexico, and is looking to expand into other parts of Asia and Europe. The firm also is exploring licensing opportunities.
In addition to compounders, ITPS is angling to sell Intec directly to molders.
``We've sold quite a bit [of Intec] to compounders, but we'd also like to get to small molders at the hopper or press level,'' Warren said.
ITPS produces Intec and other products at a 70,000-square-foot plant in Niles. The privately owned firm doesn't reveal sales or employee totals.