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2016 preview | Materials The company says Ultramid Advanced N enables

Above: The high hydrolysis resistance of Ascend’s Vydyne PA66 is a plus in automotive radiator applications

Ascend Performance Materials will be showing its full range of Vydyne PA66-based polymers and compounds for high performance markets such as automotive, E&E and packaging. Among the latest introductions are the HR series

products offering hydrolysis and heat resistance for demanding under-the-hood applications in the automotive industry, J series low plate-out glass reinforced grades, and the ECO series of non-halogen- ated flame retarded compounds for E&E applications (said to offer outstanding RTI performance). HR grades are finding application in automotive

powertrain components where car makers are looking to reduce wall thicknesses to cut weight without any sacrifice on service lifetimes, Ascend says. The compounds are said to offer improved tensile strength, elongation, flexural strength and impact performance over current altrnatives. The company will also be highlighting the potential

for PA66 in performance packaging applications, where it offers high puncture resistance, high oxygen barrier, and the ability to bond with EVOH in multi-layer structures without the need for a tie-layer. It also offers a considerable improvement in clarity over PA6, the company claims. Typical applications include meat packaging films. ❙

Right: BASF will show its full range of Ultramid PAs

for charge duct manufacture

BASF will be extending its range of partially aromatic polyamides with the introduction of a new polyphthala- mide (PPA) portfolio - Ultramid Advanced N - available as unreinforced and reinforced grades with short or long glass fibres, as well as flame-retardant versions. According to the company, Ultramid Advanced N exceeds the properties of conventional PPA plastics, providing constant mechanical performance up to 100°C (glass transition tempera- ture of 125°C), good chemical resistance and low water absorption, as well as low friction and wear.

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short cycle times and a wide processing window. It adds that the new material allows customers to design lighter, smaller and stronger plastic components for challenging environments where other materials reach their limits. Applications include small connectors and function-integrating housings in white goods, consumer electronics and mobile devices. The compounds can be used in automotive components and structural parts near the engine and the gearbox in contact with hot, aggressive media and different fuels. Applications such as gear wheels and other wear parts are also possible. BASF has also developed new Ultramid polyamide

grades for the various demanding temperature require- ments of automotive engine charge-air ducts. The range comprises PA6, PA66 and PA66/6 grades with glass fibre contents between 30-50%. Ultramid B3WG6 GPX, a PA6 containing 30% glass fibre, is a new addition to this line. The charge duct range offers temperature resistance up to 180°C and for a short time up to 200°C. The upper end of the temperature range is covered by Ultramid Endure, a speciality polyamide that can withstand constant use temperatures of 220°C and peaks up to 240°C. Ultramid Endure D3G7 with 35% glass fibre reinforcement and D3G10 with 50% glass fibre reinforcement are suitable for injection moulding. BASF adds that they work well in air intake manifolds of turbocharged diesel engines as well as in resonators and sensors. ❙

Borealis will be placing a big emphasis on its Queo polyolefin plastomers business with the launch of three new polyolefin elastomer (POE) grades claimed to bridge the gap between PE and EPDM. Plastomers are a relatively new addition to the

Borealis portfolio coming through the company’s acquisition back in 2013 of the Netherlands-based DSM/ExxonMobil joint venture Dex Plastomers, which has a 120,000 tonne capacity plant at Geleen. The Compact polymerisation technology that it acquired through that acquisition has now been renamed Borceed, bringing it in line with the company’s Borstar and Borlink branding. The three new grades are targeted at applications such as impact modifiers for injection mouldable TPOs, grafted polymers, cable

bedding, adhesives and performance films. They offer very high flexibility (less than 20MPa), low temperature impact resistance, low crystallin- ity, and low melting

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