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Right: Specialty automotive


grades will be a key focus for ELIX in the US


improved durability and low VOCs. The sulphur-free solution is claimed to provide superior light and heat stabilisation in filled PP compounds. Clariant says that it successfully passes the heat ageing standard test of no surface cracking after 700 hours at 150°C at low dosage levels and with minimal VOC emissions. Targeted at agricultural applications, AddWorks AGC 102 has been developed to extend the service life of greenhouse films and to optimise light transmission in order to promote the growth of UV-sensitive flower crops. Films based on AddWorks AGC 102 and its food-crop counterpart AddWorks AGC 104 are said to perform well even in the presence of a high concentra- tion of agrochemicals. Clariant also used K 2016 to launch AddWorks PKG 902, which is aimed at food packaging applications. It allows polyolefin film producers to incorporate higher amounts of recycled resin in their products, resulting in significant raw material cost savings. According to the company, it enables the material to withstand high line speeds, maintaining film quality with reduced break- ages and significant gel and black spot reduction. The fourth new addition to the range is AddWorks LXR 568, a high-performance process stabiliser that has been formulated to deliver high levels of colour and melt flow protection with good resistance to hydrolysis. It can be used in a variety of end-use applications including packaging films. ❙ www.clariant.com


Below: Apec 150 PG is a heat resistant platable PC/ ABS blend from Covestro


Covestro said it has developed a new heat resistant blend of copolycarbonate and ABS for production of demanding plated automotive parts such as exhaust trims. Part of a project undertaken with German processor Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik, a specialist in production of plated plastics, the Apec 150 PG grade offers a Vicat B softening temperature of 146°C, around 35°C above that of current electroplatable PC/ABS blends. The trial part weighs 50% less than a metal alternative and offers more styling options. Prototypes are currently undergoing road trials. ❙ www.covestro.com


Spanish ABS producer ELIX Polymers said it was moving ahead with plans to expand its presence in the US, where it sees opportunities to sell its specialty products.


ELIX Business Director Carlos Müller said Americas


Business Manager Gerhald Claussen now has a team of three in place: a regional account manager in Ohio, business development specialist in Chicago and an account manager in Mexico. The new sales team is supported by local warehousing in New Jersey. “We already have some sales in the US, 200 tonnes a


year or so in special grades. Our target is to grow this to a few thousand tonnes very quickly,” he said. “We see the markets in the US similar to Europe: quite mature, not a lot of growth. But we think we have as good a chance their as any of our competitors.” Müller said the early focus will be on US companies


already in contact with European companies and those seeking speciality compounds, such as the Ultra HH 4115 HI ABS/PC blend it announced at the show. This is claimed to provide a 5% density reduction with improved processing and paintability. Specialty compounds make up around 50% of ELIX


sales. Müller said the company, which generated revenues of close to €180m last year, did not have plans at this stage to compound in the US but added that could be an option for the long term. ❙ www.elix-polymers.com


EMS-Grivory introduced a new Grivory HT PPA product line that it says has considerably increased tempera- ture performance. The new grades are intended for application areas where PPA reaches it limits in terms of mechanical loading. Although offering the same melting point as the current Grivory HT1 (325°C) grade, the new product line offers a 50% improvement in E-modulus at 140°C and a 50°C increase in heat distortion temperature to 250°C. The family includes four basic grades, available with


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