Compounding firm PolyVisions Inc. is using a polymeric additive made by FRX Polymers Inc. in a new polyester compound.
The DuraPET polyester compound product line shows excellent processability and outstanding physical properties, officials with Manchester, Pa.-based PolyVisions said in a recent news release.
The graft-modified compounds are made with Nofia-brand polymeric flame retardants from Chelmsford, Mass.-based FRX. DuraPET FR materials can withstand temperatures from -40º Celsius to more than 180º C.
The new compounds are aimed at a variety of applications in automotive, transportation, medical equipment, construction and electronics. They can be processed by injection molding, sheet and film extrusion and thermoforming. A version of DuraPET FR made from recycled PET also is available.
"We believe DuraPET FR achieves a combination of impact strength, chemical resistance and flame retardancy not available in any material at any price today," PolyVisions CEO Scott Howard said in the release.
FRX CEO Marc Lebel added that DuraPET FR "exhibits improved properties in addition to flame retardancy not possible using non-polymeric, halogen-free FR solutions."
PolyVisions was founded in 1986 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bemis Associates Inc. FRX — founded in 2007 — operates a full-scale commercial plant in Antwerp, Belgium.