Coating & Laminating

Bindatex adds new division for COVID-19 secure supplies


indatex, a UK provider of specialist process and cutting services, has announced their new division

Bindatex Slitting and Sheeting, after a call to help cut vitally needed products in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The newly formed Bindatex Slitting and Sheeting division can convert all types of flexible materials for manufacturers and end users. Whilst still able to fulfil the needs of the composites, aerospace and other industrial sectors with Advanced Material Cuttings, Bindatex has launched Slitting and Sheeting to provide a bespoke service to meet the demands of cutting PPE, filter materials and protective films to supply solutions to serve the nations needs as the UK returns to the ‘new normal’. Bindatex’s customer, TPS Displays placed

a large initial order for a major national homeware chain. This retailer reopened stores for sale of furniture on 15th June in line with the government’s relaxation of lockdown regulations. The order consisted of a large quantity of sheets of protective film cut to precise

dimensions to match the retailer’s ranges of furniture and shipped direct to stores and the customer’s distribution hub. With the need to get the non-essential retail sector open for business again as soon as possible and help the economy bounce back, Bindatex Slitting and Sheeting was able to turn this requirement around within one week from initial enquiry to delivery into stores.

Chris Lever, managing director of

Bindatex says; “Being adaptable and versatile is something that we have always been proud of. We began this expansion in capacity in March when we die-cut disks to be used in ventilators to help in the UK wide effort to supply the NHS, so to help the nation get back to work completes the circle after these hard few months. “We are used to slitting difficult to process

materials, usually thermosets and thermoplastic composites. We can utilise our experience of converting materials that are challenging and hard to cut, no matter how big or small the order. We have a really focussed team who enjoy the challenge of providing solutions to resolve new problems and working to quick turnaround times.” The retail sector is new territory for

Bindatex. This new application of their capability means they can aid shops in becoming Covid-19 safe and operational again this June following the government’s new guidelines announced on 26 May.

New HQ celebrates 45 years of business for surface protection pioneer

in the coming years. The Elastomers team at Huntsman is celebrating 45 years since the launch of its KRYSTALGRAN surface protection products. The anniversary coincides with Huntsman increasing the manufacturing capacity of its Ringwood, Illinois site, where it produces its KRYSTALGRAN non-optical aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) pellets and its range of KRYSTALFLEX optical aliphatic TPU films. Earlier this year Huntsman opened a brand-


new, state of the art building at its Ringwood plant. The purpose-built facility has been fitted out with the latest automated manufacturing equipment - increasing Huntsman’s production capacity and its ability to run customer trials. The investment is the latest milestone in Huntsman’s rich history of supporting the safety glazing and surface protection markets. In 1975, Huntsman introduced KRYSTALGRAN PE192, an optical aliphatic technology. In 1992, KRYSTALGRAN PE102 is introduced for the protection of wind turbine blades. In 1993, KRYSTALFLEX PE399 is introduced – a primer-less optical aliphatic for safety glazing applications. In 2004,

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KRYSTALFLEX PE501 is introduced as a higher strength anti-ballistic film. 2020 saw Huntsman expand production capacity at its Ringwood, IL facility to further support the safety glazing and surface protection industries. Huntsman’s KRYSTALGRAN and

KRYSTALFLEX TPU products are widely used to strengthen anti-ballistic glass used in military vehicles, banks and government buildings. KRYSTALGRAN products, which are sold as pellets, are used to enhance paint protection in the automotive industry; in electronic film applications; in signage projects; and to protect the leading edge of helicopter and wind turbine blades. Tom Baird, Huntsman’s plant manager at

Ringwood, says: “Huntsman has a long history of developing innovative products for surface protection and safety glazing industries. Our first KRYSTALGRAN product was created in 1975. Today, the portfolio is the broadest technology platform of its kind and is used across a wide array of industries. Our established track record in markets such as renewable energy, consumer displays, and paint protection films, combined with our new manufacturing capabilities, will enable us to keep innovating in parallel with our customers.”

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