Fakuma 2017 is the first European trade show for PolyOne Corp.'s newly acquired Comptek high-temperature materials portfolio.
Avon Lake, Ohio-based PolyOne acquired Comptek Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH of Diez, Germany, in early 2017. The firm, founded in 1992 by Sten and Ursula Karlström, produces a broad range of colorants, additives and formulations based on high-temperature thermoplastics.
Comptek employs 20 at its only production site.
Comptek is "a very specialized business using plastics that are at the top of the pyramid," Holger Kronimus, specialty engineered materials general manager, said in an interview at Fakuma.
Applications for the Comptek materials include dental grips in health care and aerospace parts.
Also at Fakuma, PolyOne is highlighting uses of thermoplastic elastomers in automotive applications where the materials can provide lightweighting as well as vibration and sound dampening.
PolyOne's OnFlex TPEs also are being used in internal air quality applications for the automotive market.
The GSDI line of silicones from PolyOne are finding homes in medical, industrial and construction uses, as well as in window seals. The firm's thermally conductive materials, which can be based on a variety of resins, are being used in metal replacement applications such as metal heat sinks and electronic housings, Kronimus said.
Other product solutions on display by PolyOne at Fakuma include Gravi-Tech density modified polymers and LubriOne wear-resistant solutions. Gravi-Tech are composite materials that provide the look, feel and sound of metal but deliver the design freedom of a polymer. The LubriOne line is inherently lubricated polymers that eliminate the need for added oils and greases between moving components.
Plastics News ranks PolyOne as North America's largest compounder and concentrates maker and one of its largest resin distributors. The firm posted sales of just over $3.3 billion in 2016.