Malmo, Sweden — With the onset of electrification and the demand for power generation and telecommunication products rising, the wire and cable market is seeing increased growth.
As such, Hexpol Group, a supplier of rubber and thermoplastic compounds, has introduced a wire and cable compounds portfolio mainly for bedding, insulation and sheathing. Hexpol said it is eyeing end uses for these elastomers in the hospital, airport, train and transport hub, communication exchange, power generation and offshore platforms.
"To help industry meet these demands we have put our experience and know-how into developing one of the most comprehensive portfolios in the market," said Ralph Wolkener, president of Hexpol Compounding Europe/Asia. "We offer a unique position, taking a polymer-neutral approach to supply customers the optimal solution for their requirements."
According to Hexpol, the offerings include silicone rubber materials, CPE, EPDM, NBR and PVC, pigment and additive masterbatch, as well as thermoplastic, EVA, TPE and TPV technologies.
The various elastomers and compounds all have different performance properties, however typical properties in each type of wire or cable include halogen-free flame retardancy, low smoke and low toxicity.
Enhanced grades of compounds are available for the telecommunications and electric cable (low to high voltage) industries.
The compounds all are regulatory compliant, however Hexpol notes that stricter industry standards to protect people and infrastructure make the need to innovate even greater.
"By combining quality materials via a high technology manufacturing process, we deliver customized materials that help cable manufacturers exceed standards for reliability and durability," said Carsten Rüter, president of Hexpol Compounding Europe/Asia and Hexpol Compounding and Global Purchasing/Technology.