Product Update

Excerpt: Here are the Product updates in the Plastics and Packaging Industry across the World

Polyplastics' latest material development efforts target electric vehicle (EV) applications

THE electrification of cars is transforming the automotive industry and Polyplastics Co., Ltd., a leading global supplier of engineering plastics, is responding with innovative resin products which are successfully penetrating the electric vehicle (EV) market as a superior alternative to metals. The company's Duranex PBT and Durafide PPS materials - targeted for engine peripheral parts such power control units (PCUs) – deliver high insulating properties, lower water absorption, and meet harsh operating conditions (-40°C to 150°C, up to 95% relative humidity).

Polyplastics' Duranex PBT CG7030 provides lower water absorption and high tracking properties (CTI: 600V) for high-voltage parts such as PCUs. The material ensures high reliability for high-voltage parts that do not gain enough creepage distance. Water and salt can penetrate high-voltage parts and cause tracking issues so materials with high CTI values are required.

Polyplastics also offers Durafide PPS 6150T73, which provides high heat shock resistance, strong dimensional stability, and excellent heat and chemical resistance for metal insert molded applications for electric vehicles. Previous material technologies suffered from lower heat shock resistance when moldability (flowability) increased.

Polyplastics is also exploring new materials to replace metal in PCU housings. Thermoplastics would provide lighter weight and improved productivity, however, other key requirements include strength, dimensional stability, electromagnetic shielding, and thermal conductivity. Specifically, Polyplastics is currently developing materials with electromagnetic shielding properties. The company is also targeting its material development work for other EV applications such as motors and batteries. The Polyplastics Group is a global leader in the development and production of engineering thermoplastics. The Group's product portfolio includes PBT, PS, polyoxymethylene (POM), liquid crystal polymer (LCP), and cyclic olefin copolymer (COC). With more than 50 years of experience, the company is backed by a strong global network of R&D, production, and sales resources.

Further information from: Polyplastics Co., Ltd. Contact: Maya Terasawa and Yuko Aiba Polyplastics Co., Ltd. Tel: +81-3-6711-8610 Email: ppc-info@polyplastics.com https://www.polyplastics.com/en/product/lines/ car_2/index.html.

Vydyne PA66 innovations for automotive lightweighting from Ascend

ASCEND Performance Materials, the world's largest fully integrated producer of polyamide 6,6 resin (PA66), will highlight its new Vydyne R433H and R435H solutions for automotive lightweighting and noise, vibration and harshness reduction at Plastimagen México 2019.

Used in the body-in-white, Vydyne R433H and R435H help reduce weight without sacrificing safety or comfort. Both grades exhibit superior energy absorption over traditional glass-filled PA66 and are ideally suited for reinforcement sections in downgauged steel and aluminum structures.

In 'silent' electric vehicles, lightweighting and NVH reduction are particularly important to minimize power consumption and the transfer of wind and road noises into the passenger compartment. To this end, both Vydyne R433H and R435H are ideally suited in next-generation battery frame and housing applications.

“Plastimagen is the biggest meeting of the plastics industry in Latin America, and we are pleased to underscore our commitment to our automotive customers in the region,” says Dharm Vahalia, Ascend's senior director for engineering plastics.

Further information from Ascend Performance Materials JP Morgan Chase Tower, 1010 Travis Street, Suite 900 Houston, TX 77002, U.S.A. Tel:+1 713 315 5700; Email: ajahn@ascendmaterials.com www.ascendmaterials.com

Renolit promoting 100% recyclable, lightweight automotive interior material solutions

RENOLIT GOR S.p.A., with a leading global position in the production of thermoplastic and thermoformable materials for the automotive market, is promoting its extensive range of 100% recyclable, thermoplastic composite material solutions for vehicle interior trim parts at AIE (Automotive Interiors Expo) 2019 (21-23 May), Stuttgart. The Renolit stand (A4085) at AIE will be showcasing the complete Renolit Composites range of established polypropylene based materials. This includes Renolit Wood-Stock, along with a wide variety of other highly formable sheets, rolls and rigid cored composite products, all specially developed for cost effectively fabricating coated automotive interior trim parts. This year there is a special focus on its latest 'star product' innovation, Renolit Tecnogor. This next generation, thermoformable sheet and roll material has already gained a leading position in the global automotive interiors market with major OEM end customers. German, Italian, French and Japanese car makers now use Renolit Tecnogor for a variety of thermoformed, custom coated, vehicle interior 3D trim parts. Successful applications include: parcel shelves, load floors, seat back covers, dashboard inserts and trunk trims. Renolit Tecnogor is a safe, clean, 100% recyclable, glass fiber (GF) reinforced, PP based, lighweight thermoplastic composite material. It has been specifically designed to cost effectively produce automotive interior trim parts. Tier 1 converters are able to combine superior part performance with consistent quality and higher productivity, while also achieving lower production costs as it can be 3D shaped in a 'glue free' one-step-process. The superior stiffness and impact performance of Renolit Tecnogor is thanks to the unique, patented, PP/GF composition and extrusion process used. It is also very safe to form and handle, as there are no free floating fibers in the air or exposed glass fibers in the finished molding; all glass fibers are completely encapsulated in the PP polymer matrix during extrusion. Like virtually all products in the Renolit Composites range, it can be provided with a textile or film applied to the surface. During the show, a technical presentation titled: Renolit Tecnogor: A clean glass fiber composite for interior applications is being given by Adriano Odino, Technical Director at Renolit GOR S.p.A., who will be joined by a materials expert from an Italian carmaker to explain why Renolit Tecnogor was chosen for parcel shelf applications. Other 100% recyclable, safe to handle, Renolit Composites products for automotive interior applications that will be of interest to Renolit stand visitors during AIE 2019 include: Renolit Gorcell – a very high stiffness, sandwich design composite sheet material with a hexagonal honeycomb PP core, produced in-house by forming and folding PP film, using the Econcore production technology. The honeycomb core makes this product especially lightweight, with very high stiffness and compressive strength. It is also extremely durable and water-resistant, with high thermal and chemical resistance properties. This highly versatile sandwich product is available in standard 5, 10, 15 and 20 mm core thickness options. Depending on the application, the PP honeycomb core can be combined with a wide variety of textile or film Surface skin materials such as: Renolit Tecnogor, Natgor or Wood-stock sheets; high impact or decorative films; scratch protectors; non-woven fabrics. Main application areas include: load bearing floors, parcel shelves, door panelling and seat back covers. Renolit Flexigor – a highly thermoformable, low VOC, composite sheet material based on polyolefin and renewable natural/ mineral raw material fillers. The product is extruded in sheets or rolls, supplied ready to form with the aesthetic surface fabric needed applied to either one or both sides as required. Key application areas include: door inserts/ panels (map pockets), trunk side trims, wheel arch liners. Show visitors to the Renolit stand will be able to discuss technical challenges and any specific requirements with the Renolit Composites team of experts. Renolit provide customers with added value technical support and process knowhow to find cost effective interior trim material solutions. Customized, made to order material options can be rapidly developed, including supplying test materials produced in-house on the prototyping thermoforming line.

Further information from: Renolit Composites Renolit GOR S.P.A., Via Pinerolo 7 10060 Buriasco (to), Italy Tel: +39 0121 56 9111; Email: composites@renolit.com www.renolit-tecnogor.com

Milliken's Millad NX 8000 clarifier offers sustainability and performance benefits

IN April, Milliken & Company will begin building the largest clarifier plant in its history in Blacksburg, South Carolina, USA. The world-class plant is due to begin operations in 2020 and will boost capacity of Milliken's Millad NX 8000 clarifier by approximately 50 percent. The expansion is needed to meet fast-growing global demand for this polypropylene additive that is helping users to realize significant sustainability and performance advantages. Millad NX 8000 offers many sustainability and performance advantages over previous polypropylene clarifier generations for plastic molders and brand owners who use it. “In contrast to previous generation clarifier technologies, Millad NX 8000 has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions for plastic manufacturers,” says Zach Adams, global product line manager for Milliken's Plastic Additives business. “Our propriety technology improves the aesthetics and processability of polypropylene, a plastic which is lightweight, has a low carbon footprint and almost always performs better than less sustainable plastics in a life cycle analysis.”

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has validated that the processing of resin containing Millad NX 8000 requires lower energy consumption than other polypropylene that uses third-generation clarifiers, allowing the UL eco-label to be used on those products. Lower processing temperatures are benefitting users with energy savings.

“Brand owners and packaging producers are clearly seeing how Millad NX 8000 can contribute to improved environmental and manufacturing results. It is one of the most successful products in the history of plastic additives, and arguably the most important in the past 30 years,” according to Allen Jacoby, vice president for Milliken's Plastic Additives business. Unprecedented global demand for the technology has prompted Milliken to expedite the construction of its new facility by two years. Demand for Millad NX 8000 is growing in every geographical region and across many end-use markets, with the strongest growth in Asia. Milliken's investment will enable the company to better serve its customers worldwide and meet dynamic market requirements. Millad NX 8000 creates opportunities to replace less sustainable plastics such as polystyrene and PVC with NX UltraClear PP, a type of polypropylene that can only be produced using the Millad NX 8000 clarifier. “Millad NX 8000 clarifier technology represents a step forward in both environmental and product performance,” Jacoby notes. “Milliken is asking other companies in the plastics supply chain to join us in stepping up to the plastics end of life challenge.”

Further information from: Milliken Chemical Veerle de Wolf, Ham 18-24, B-9000 GENT Belgium Tel: +32 9 265 1136 Email: Veerle.Dewolf@milliken.com www.milliken.com

New styrenic solutions from INEOS Styrolution

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, will participate at the Feiplastic International Plastics Trade Fair in Sao Paulo, Brazil (April, 22-26, 2019). INEOS Styrolution's presence at the Feiplastic demonstrates the company's continued strong commitment to the region – a region that has been identified as a growth region for INEOS Styrolution in its Triple Shift Strategy. Product highlights at this year's Feiplastic will include the latest styrenics solutions as well as news on StyLight, the company's composite with a class A surface, designed for use in the automotive, electronics and gaming industry. INEOS Styrolution executives will be available at Feiplastic to discuss the company's growth plans in the region as well as its ambitious efforts aiming at circularity for styrenics to save valuable resources, recycle styrenic waste and reduce the ecological footprint. “We are very active in expanding our production capacities and, in collaboration with partner companies, we invest significantly into new recycling technologies such as depolymerisation for polystyrene,” explains Alexander Glueck, President Americas.

Further information from INEOS Styrolution INEOS Styrolution Group GmbH Mainzer Landstraße 50 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany Email: globalinfo@styrolution.com www.ineos-styrolution.com

'Skin-like' flexible polymer developed for regenerative medicine

A bioresorbable polymer that snaps back to its original shape, even after being stretched 10 times its initial length, has been developed by Toray Industries Inc. (Tokyo). The company also has identified a technology to accelerate degradation of the polymer by means of hydrolysis. The material would benefit regenerative medicine and other medical applications as well as various industrial uses.

A novel co-polymerization method involving lactide, dimers of lactic acid and caprolactone enabled Toray to significantly reduce crystallinity and impart flexibility and rupture resistance to the material. Furthermore, by controlling hydrolysis of the polymer, Toray was able to increase the decomposition speed tenfold.

Tissue reconstruction treatment is one medical application that would benefit from this polymer with “skin-like” flexibility. Polymer-based medical materials are typically used as temporary scaffolding while the injured flexible tissue regenerates, explained Toray in its March 14 announcement. The material resorbs once the healing process is complete, eliminating the need for additional surgery.

In a desk study, the outer surface of a 3-mm-diameter vascular graft made from a polyester fiber was coated with the polymer. The material didn't buckle even when the device was bent, and it flexibly followed the movement of the vascular graft, said Toray.

The company said that it will pursue further development of its bioresorbable polymer as a scaffolding material in regenerative medicine involving blood vessels, skin, digestive and urinary organs, and muscles.

Chemical foaming agents for injection molding applications

BERGEN International has a proven line of Chemical Foaming Agents to help one maximize cost savings in the Injection Molding processes. Generally used for weight reduction, sink mark removal and warp reduction, Bergen International Foamazol CFAs are added to the injection molding process in the same manner as any other additive master batch.

Use of Foamazol products permit molders to increase shot speeds, reduce pack and hold pressures and times, and to reduce clamp tonnage resulting in reduced cycle times (reductions of as high as 30% have been achieved). Also, the addition of Foamazol CFAs allows for a reduced shot size which results in weight reduction of the parts. A 10% reduction in the weight can easily be achieved with most Injection Molded resins, and it is often possible to achieve upwards of 20-30% weight reduction with proper process design.

In addition, sink mark removal and warp reduction are other benefits that can be gained through the use of Foamazol Chemical Foaming Agents. One grade in particular, Foamazol 62, has been proven in certain cases to eliminate sink with a Class A surface.

Whether you require reduced cycle times, parts weight reduction, sink mark removal, warp reduction, or are striving for a Class A finish; Bergen can work with you to identify the best CFA for your application. They also have a comprehensive line of Endothermic, Exothermic and Endo/Exo blend CFAs; with products available for a wide variety of resins, processing temperatures, processes, and application environments.

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