Arkema to showcase its many innovations in plastics technologies at 2018 NPE show
“In recent years we have marshaled our business resources, technical expertise and manufacturing assets around markets that focus on sustainable benefits to our ultimate end-users,” said Richard Rowe, President and CEO of Arkema’s operations in the Americas. “The products and new technologies we will feature at NPE reflect our focus on megatrends, such as water management, energy-saving lightweight materials, highly durable materials, and natural, bio-based products. We regard NPE as the marquee venue to display our continued expansion into these markets.”
Arkema’s Technical Polymers business will feature its Polyamides products, specifically Pebax® elastomers, which now have a consumer-oriented brand for promoting high-end sports equipment directly to athletes. The Pebax Powered® program provides a consumer-friendly way to communicate the premium performance of Pebax® elastomers in such properties as light weight, energy return, and toughness/flexibility. Information is available at www.pebaxpowered.com.
Arkema will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Rilsan® brand at NPE. Rilsan® PA11 is 100 percent bio-based and has provided extreme performance to a variety of markets for seven decades, including automotive, consumer electronics, and 3D printing. Arkema has announced a 300 million Euro investment in Asia to increase global PA11 production capacities by 50 percent.
Arkema has also invested in new U.S. capacity at its Mobile, Alabama production site for its Kepstan® PEKK (polyetherketoneketone) copolymer. The unique nature of Kepstan® PEKK allows for tailored crystallization rates, making it the enabling polymer in a variety of polymer processes, including additive manufacturing. Due to its excellent thermal properties and chemical resistance, Kepstan® PEKK is successfully used in several applications in the aerospace and oil and gas market sectors. The new plant is on schedule to come on line at the end of 2018 and will triple Arkema’s global capacity.
The world of PVDF resin continues to evolve and Arkema’s Kynar® resins have been a hallmark for excellent melt processibility, chemical resistance, heat resistance, and low permeation. Today, Arkema is incorporating reinforcement additives in the neat resin that enhance heat deflection temperature, flame resistance, and flexural strength while maintaining traditional PVDF properties such as UV resistance, chemical resistance, and impact properties. This subject will be explored at NPE’s ANTEC presentation on Tuesday, May 8, 4:30-5:00 pm.
Kynar® PVDF, Kynar Flex® PVDF, Kynar Aquatec® fluoropolymer latex, and Kynar® film products are used in wire and cable, chemical processing, oil and gas transport, photovoltaics, lithium ion batteries, water filtration, and polymer compounding. This family of fluoropolymers combines many outstanding properties, notably flame and smoke resistance, service temperatures to 150°C, resistance to abrasion, chemical attack, sunlight and UV, radiation, and mechanical stress, all resulting in a material with exceptional long-term stability. Kynar® brand products are commonly used in pipes, valves, pumps, tanks and fittings for corrosive chemical handling, off-shore piping for oil exploration, back sheets for solar panels, binder materials for batteries, filters for water purification, and long lasting coatings to protect a variety of outdoor substrates.
Arkema’s Altuglas International business offers solutions for precise, tough molded parts and an outstanding combination of performance properties and value through its family of Plexiglas® acrylic thermoplastic resins. At NPE, Altuglas International will feature its recent innovation, Plexiglas® Sylk acrylic sheet, which provides an exceptional combination of diffusion and light transmission, with maximum LED hiding power. Applications for Plexiglas® Sylk acrylic include not only traditional lighting and skylight/luminary options, but furniture, privacy partitions, and POP displays thanks to its smooth texture and modern finish.
Altuglas will also feature its expansion of the Plexiglas® ELit Series for larger edge-lit signs that maintain a slim and modern appearance, as well as Altuglas® LED Bloc, which is changing the face of store-front signage with its thin, modern profile and its ability to be used independently, without the additional components previously needed for signage.
In Plexiglas® resin for Automotive, Altuglas International will feature Plexiglas® HT121-LPL acrylic resin, a highly heat-resistant acrylic resin, formulated specifically for long path length (LPL) automotive applications, such as signature lighting and thick lenses. In addition to the already robust optical properties, chemical resistance, and outdoor stability of Plexiglas® resins, Plexiglas® HT121-LPL resin has significantly improved light transmission and heat stability, ensuring the polymer’s water-white clarity is maintained after injection molding and in its end-use application. The exceptionally low absorption coefficient of Plexiglas® HT121-LPL acrylic maximizes light output in long path applications, providing designers outstanding freedom.
Also at NPE, Altuglas International will feature its innovative Elium® liquid thermoplastic resin, used in the production of thermoplastic composites reinforced with glass, carbon, or natural fibers. With Elium® resin, the resulting composite parts are 30-50 percent lighter than steel equivalents. Elium® resins also are easily processed by vacuum infusion, resin transfer molding, wet compression, and pultrusion. These resins cure quickly at room temperature or at elevated temperatures, in some cases in less than two minutes.
Elium® resin is used in the FAST-RTM process developed by IRT-M2P, a recipient of the 2017 JEC Innovation Award, in which the shaped parts are processed in under two minutes. Elium® resin composite parts exhibit comparable strength to high-end thermoset composite systems, have impact resistance and are thermoformable, weldable, and recyclable. More information is available at www.elium-Composites.com
Arkema’s Organic Peroxides business will showcase a full suite of products for polymerization of vinyl chloride, styrene, and ethylene as well as peroxides for polypropylene modification. New offerings include Luperox® JWEB™ 50 initiator, shown to increase polystyrene manufacturing productivity or to generate polymers with higher molecular weight and greater branching compared to traditional initiators.
Arkema’s Plastic Additives business will present a line of impact modifiers and processing aids used in PVC, PLA, and PC resin systems, as well as in engineering polymer systems. The line includes Durastrength®, Clearstrength®, and Biostrength® impact modifiers, and Plastistrength® processing aids and lubricants.
As the leader in Heavy Mercaptans, Arkema is committed to supporting the growth of the global polymer industry and will feature its heavy mercaptans at NPE. High quality plastics manufacturing is at the forefront of what Arkema does, and its heavy mercaptans act as chain transfer agents to control radical polymerization, enabling versatility of materials. They are also the building block for thioester antioxidants, which extend the thermal performance of plastics.
A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties and Coating Solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.3 billion ($9.4 billion) in 2017, we employ around 20,000 people worldwide and operate in some 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation. www.arkema.com
Kynar, Kynar Flex, Kynar Aquatec, Plexiglas, Pebax, Pebax Powered, Rilsan, Luperox, Elium, Kepstan, Biostrength, Clearstrength, Durastrength, and Plastistrength are registered trademarks and JWEB is a trademark of Arkema.