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Lanxess adds carbon fi bre PA6 compound


Hall 6/C78 Lanxess will be showing new additions to its Durethan PA product line at K, including a new carbon fi bre reinforced PA6 grade. Durethan BCF 30 H2.0 EF is


a 30% carbon fi bre reinforced grade offering high tensile modulus and tensile strength at break combined with a relatively low density of 1.262 g/cm3. It is said to provide a tensile modulus and strength at break close to that of its 60% glass reinforced Durethan DP BKV 60 H2.0 EF grade. “Our carbon material is


approximately twice as strong as most commonly used steel and die-cast zinc materials, and is on a par with die-cast aluminum in terms of strength,” says says Dr Guenter Margraf, a Lanxess expert in Durethan product development. The new product is aimed at


high-stress components such as lightweight structural components for cars or sport equipment such as tennis,


Lanxess Durethan carbon fi bre performance data


badminton and squash rackets. It could also be used in combination with Tepex continuous-fi bre-reinforced thermoplastic composites.  The company has also developed two new stabiliser systems for its Durethan products that it will market under the XTS 1 and XTS2 names (XTS stands for extreme temperature stabili- sation). The company claims the two systems raise the continuous service of the polyamides by as much as 60˚C.


The fi rst XTS1 material grade is polyamide 6 Durethan


BKV 30 XTS1, which is reinforced with 30% glass fi bres and can withstand long-term service tempera- tures of up to 200°C. Tensile strength of the new grade falls by only around 5% after 2,000 hours of hot-air storage at 200°C. Elongation at break remains above 50% initial value after 2,000 hours. A number of XTS2 grades


are also close to commerciali- sation, says Lanxess. They will be pitched at applications currently using fully or semi-aromatic PA grades or PPS.  www.lanxess.com


Luxus puts Hycolene light PP on display


Hall 5/A45 Plastics recycler and compounder Luxus will focus its display on its Hycolene product, devel- oped as a lightweight PP for ‘A’ surface interior applica- tions in the automotive industry. Hycolene offers a typical


10-12% weight reduction over current talc-fi lled PP grades along with improved scratch resistance. The compound is available in both prime and recycled versions and can be supplied in a range of colours. The recycled grades can


contain up to 60% recycled content. Hycolene is currently


being tested by Renault Nissan at its UK based European Technical Centre. Luxus says it hopes to have Hycolene product in volume production by 2015.  www.luxus.co.uk


Total shows random PPs Hall 7.2/D08


Total will show its latest polyolefi n resins, including its Lumicene Random line of PPs for production of rigid packaging with improved aesthetics. Lumicene Random grades, which are based on the group’s


proprietary metallocene catalyst technology, are said to combine ease of processing with outstanding optics, ultra-low extractables and very good organoleptics. Rigidity is increased by 150MPa, allowing typical 4-8% reductions in wall thickness. Process energy is also said to be reduced.  www.totalpetrochemicals.com


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