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Polybutene products
Indopol polybutenes are non-drying synthetic hydrocarbon polymers made by polymerization of C4 olefins (primarily isobutene), and are available in a wide range of viscosities. By controlling the polymerization conditions, polymer chains of varying length are manufactured providing polybutene grades with a unique set of physical properties, according to the company. Short chain-length polybutenes are characterized as low viscosity fluids with free-flowing oil-like properties; medium chain-length polybutenes are sticky with a honey-like consistency; while those with the longest chain length are very tacky, semi-solid materials.

Ineos Oligomers

Post date: 2/15/2018

Paracril NBR powder is supplied by the company. Nitrile rubber is a polar elastomer that can be blended with other elastomers and thermoplastics. The predominant thermoplastic blend with NBR is with PVC. These two polymers form a miscible blend which imparts ozone resistance to the NBR and flexibility to the PVC. The NBR acts as a high molecular weight plasticizer to replace the normal monomeric plasticizer used in PVC compounds. This benefits the oil resistance, fuel resistance, tear strength, abrasion and flex resistance, according to the company. Since the NBR is not extractable versus the fugitive monomeric plasticizer, it will remain after heat aging, oil and fuel immersion, yielding better aged properties and low temperature performance after aging. The lower level of monomeric plasticizer also is said to reduce cracking of adjacent thermoplastics due to migration of the monomeric plasticizer to the thermoplastic, which swells the plastic, causing crazing. NBR powder is used in friction products such as brake pads and clutch discs. ()

Dynasol Group

Post date: 2/15/2018

Liquid rubber for EPDM
Several liquid rubber grades that are suitable for EPDM peroxide curing applications have been developed by the company. Specifically, substituting LBR-361 for TAC as a coagent will offer similar mechanical properties while reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) content, according to the company. Possible applications include plumbing components, since the company's liquid rubber/EPDM compounds can meet local drinking water regulations. Also, LBR-361 is said to improve compression set, which is beneficial for rubber compounds used to produce automotive parts, hoses, etc. LBR-361 is said to provide the optimum soft-elasticity ratio described by hardness versus compression set.


Post date: 2/15/2018

TPU compounds
Estane thermoplastic polyurethane is said to provide high performance solutions to surface protection and graphics. Estane TPU is said to provide exceptional performance for surface protection applications in the harshest environments, including road salt, flying stones, acid rain, and extreme hot and cold. More recently, Estane TPU has been recommended for use in demanding graphics applications, such as transportation wraps, building signage and durable labels. The Estane TPU product line consists of polyester, polyether and specialty adhesive compounds. The Estane TPU portfolio is said to bridge the gap between flexible rubber and rigid plastics.


Post date: 1/8/2018

Organic peroxide for EPDM
Luperox Air-XL is an organic peroxide for EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) compounds. Luperox is said to be a hot air curable organic peroxide for improved productivity and mechanical performance. The peroxide formulation was introduced for curing EPDM compounds used in a wide range of applications. Air-XL technology is said to offer the flexibility to cure EPDM compounds in the presence of air with a tack-free surface. Users can exceed the compression set and heat-aging performance offered by traditional sulfur vulcanization, without nitrosamine by-products, according to the manufacturer. RPA rheometer cure data are said to show that Luperox Air-XL offers equivalent crosslink density to sulfur, and achieves a tack-free rubber surface in the presence of oxygen. Performance of Luperox Air-XL in percent compression set is similar to standard peroxide, and it outperforms sulfur cure, even in the presence of air, according to the company. It also is said to show improved heat aging performance in high temperature applications compared to sulfur cure. When testing for tensile strength and percent elongation at break, mechanical properties of Luperox Air-XL are said to be comparable to sulfur cure, and the organic peroxide is said to offer excellent performance compared to standard peroxide cure, even in the presence of air.


Post date: 1/8/2018

Melt strength additive
A global provider of liquid polybutadiene offers a method to improve melt strength of polypropylene (PP). Dymalink 9200 is a polar zinc salt that can be added to conventional PP to provide very high melt strength behavior, even at very low loadings. Adding Dymalink 9200 to standard PP compounds is said to enable them to be used in applications where melt stretching and drawing are critical, such as foam molding, blow molding, thermoforming or pipe extrusion. Dymalink 9200 reacts with aliphatic polymers to create a C-C link. Within the polymer, the zinc salts assemble into ionic clusters that offer unique dynamic networks, according to the company.

Total Cray Valley

Post date: 1/8/2018

Kalrez 9600 perfluoroelastomer compound was developed to meet the needs of the semiconductor fabricating industry. Said to be a well-balanced, high-purity perfluoroelastomer product, Kalrez 9600 is said to provide longer seal life by offering enhanced performance properties in an array of aggressive and emerging high-temperature plasma applications. Kalrez is said to have shown excellent ozone, ammonia, fluorine and oxygen radical resistance, as well as ultralow outgassing and outstanding thermal stability. Kalrez 9600 is based on a proprietary crosslinking system and is uniquely identifiable by its olive-green color. It is said to be especially suited in plasma deposition applications such as atomic layer deposition and chemical vapor deposition, as well as etch processes used to fabricate next-generation chips in the semiconductor industry.

DowDuPont Transportation and Advanced Polymers

Post date: 1/8/2018

Mold cleaning compound
Glo-Mold is a patented rubber compound for in-place mold cleaning. It is said to eliminate or reduce typical problems and hidden costs of conventional mold cleaning techniques. Glo-Mold is said to minimize press downtime, minimize excessive labor in mold handling, reduce mold damage or abrasion, reduce delays due to scheduling of cleaning equipment, reduce the number of rejects due to defects or poor surface appearance, and reduce heat transfer loss. Normal processing techniques are used with Glo-Mold in injection, compression and transfer molding.


Post date: 1/8/2018

Predispersed short fibers
Rhenogran wood pulp type and Rhenogran aramid type short fibers are used as additives in rubber compounds. Rubber products, such as tires, automotive components, industrial or technical rubber goods, are said to be under continual pressure for improved performance, while concurrently facing downward cost pressure, according to the company. Reinforcement is said to be an extremely important aspect of compounding, and plays a significant part in this cost versus performance analysis. The use of short fibers as an additive to rubber compounds has been shown to both improve physical properties and have a lowering effect on the cost of producing rubber products.


Post date: 11/20/2017

Fluoroelastomer grades
Aflas 400E has been added to the company's line of extrudable fluoroelastomer grades. Aflas 400E is a tetrafluoroethylene propylene (FEPM) material that is said to offer performance and processing advantages over FKMs and other Aflas grades. The product incorporates a new cure-site monomer, making Aflas 400E ideal for wire and cable constructions, according to the company. It is said to cure rapidly and is colorable, while maintaining the characteristics and resistance of standard Aflas. Products made with Aflas 400E are said to last longer in harsh environments, and they do not deteriorate under prolonged exposure at 230C. Additional processing advantages of Aflas 400E over conventional FKMs and other Aflas grades are said to include easier extrusion, excellent electrical resistivity, superior thermal resistance, outstanding resistance to bases and acids, improved compression set, enhanced tear resistance, white base resin color, and a specific peroxide is not required.

AGC Chemicals Americas

Post date: 11/20/2017

EPDM product solutions
Three Nordel EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) products are said to enable automotive part manufacturers and brand owners to make higher performing weatherstrip parts and meet consumer demands and market trends for lightweighting, safety and aesthetics. The extra fast cure (XFC) grades of Nordel EPDM are said to allow OEMs to create high quality dynamic and static automotive weatherstrip products more efficiently so brand owners can meet increasing consumer and regulatory demands for lightweight, fuel-efficient cars with dampened vibrations, isolated road noise and appealing aesthetics, according to the company. Used in automotive sealing applications for car doors, glass and window, trunk and hood seals, Nordel EPDM XFC products are said to be extremely high quality, low gel polymers that provide the optimum balance of surface sealing and aesthetics, part strength, and improved elastic and compressive properties.

Dow Elastomers

Post date: 11/20/2017

Process oils for rubber
HyPrene process oils have the ability to adapt to fit specific processing appliction needs. Due to their solvency power, low pour points, low odor and good color stability, these oils can be used in a wide variety of products and applications, including tire oils, rubber compounding, adhesives, defoamers and more, according to the company. Viscosity ranges from low (40 SUS) to high (4,900 SUS). HyPrene process oils are said to offer great quality, as well as versatility. Many who use process oils to create products are said to constantly monitor changing regulations to make sure their oils are to specification. With HyPrene, customers can trust that they will always receive products that meet current specification requirements and perform consistently, according ot the manufacturer. HyPrene products are sold in more than 90 countries from a network of strategically located refineries and terminals.


Post date: 11/20/2017

Natural rubber distributor
This large and diversified distributor of elastomers, masterbatches, carbon black, natural and synthetic rubber and process oils is said to focus on the customer, from the first meeting, to product delivery, to sales and product support, and maintaining a supplier/customer partnership. The firm is said to have detailed expertise with the purchase, handling, packaging and shipment of natural rubber. The company searches the world for the best purchase oppportunities, and repackaging, if necessary, to meet the requirements of its customers. The company's Nashville, TN, distribution center is said to have the U.S.A.'s leading natural rubber handling facility, complete with thawing, drying, cutting, repackaging and inspection services. Natural rubber is sold on a spot basis, but supply frequently turns into longstanding repeat distribution. Details on natural rubber and other materials are available from this distributor.

Intertex World Resources

Post date: 11/20/2017

Natural latex compounds
Natural latex is produced from the Hevea brasiliensis rubber tree. Latex is placed into a centrifuge, stabilizers are added and the latex is centrifuged to remove some of the water and increase the rubber content. After centrifuging, the material is known as latex concentrate, and contains roughly 60% rubber. This latex concentrate is then compounded by the company by adding other raw material ingredients. These raw materials are water-based dispersions which are added to the latex to achieve the desired performance characteristics. The company produces high quality, custom formulated natural latex compounds for a multitude of market applications and processing possibilities. Formulations are offered using both high and low ammonia natural latex. The firm also offers pre-vulcanized compounds, along with specialty additives, dispersions and coagulants.


Post date: 11/20/2017

Dry natural rubbers
Vytex ultra-low protein and non-rubber latices are said to allow for affordable, broader range end use applications with reduced risk of causing or triggering latex allergies. New formulations, including nitrosamine-free Vytex latex and their formulations, also can meet the demand for more sustainable production and grades of natural rubber and safer work environments for products such as foam pillows, packaging, adhesives, toys, balloons and medical devices, according to the manufacturer. Two solid dry rubber grades are being field tested in tire and non-tire applications.


Post date: 11/20/2017

Epoxide natural rubber
A patented grade of epoxide natural rubber for tires is not only capable of substituting for the expensive solution-polymerized styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR), widely used for high-performance car tires, including winter tires, it also provides a sustainable solution to future high performance tires, according to the company. This innovation is said to be the result of the company's commitment to replace synthetic materials with green and more environmentally-friendly, naturally occurring materials. The company collaborated on this invention with the Rubber Research Institute of India.

Apollo Tyres Ltd.

Post date: 11/20/2017

Natural, halogen-free rubber used for matting
Entrance matting made by U.K. firm EMS uses natural, halogen-free, fire retardant rubber, Natural-FR, and is now being used in 18 London Underground stations. The development and commercialization of Natural-FR is said to have resulted in a unique compound with green credentials that provides the industry with material flammability, used either on its own or as a cover layer. London Underground needed a solution for entrances that are exposed to multi-directional foot traffic. The design of the matting is said to be unique to EMS, and consists of an aluminum extrusion with the rubber infill arranged in a checkerboard pattern. The design is said to provide maximum grip in any direction, hence the name Multi-Track. The matting is designed to withstand heavy foot traffic in any direction, as well as benefiting from a debris channel system, according to the company. Natural-FR is a sustainable, zero halogen, low smoke, low toxic rubber compound based on natural rubber. It starts its journey from the latex of the natural rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis. Natural-FR has passed the flammability requirements for floor composites and flexible rubber-metal units as specified in the EU standard EN45545-2 (2013). Natural-FR in third party laboratory testing has passed the following criteria for a flooring application, and is authorized for use in entrance matting in London Underground stations: smoke density, smoke toxicity, heat release rate, flame spread, ignitability, and dry and wet slip resistance.

Rubber Consultants

Post date: 11/20/2017

Performance additive
Harmonite is said to be a versatile, multi-functional, operation-friendly base compound or performance additive that can improve current formulations by increasing tack, viscosity, hardness, durability and shortening cure times, depending on the application; reduce or eliminate the consumption of higher cost formulation ingredients such as plasticizers, tackifier resins, aromatic oils, titanium dioxide, powdered coal, hard clay, petroleum pitch and Gilsonite; and dramatically reduce mixing time, up to 50% in some cases, with up to 36% lower power consumption during production, according to the company. Harmonite is an asphaltene and resin rich product; a high molecular weight complex mixture in which lighter weight fractions have been driven off due to natural oxidative aging and patented high heat processing steps. Asphaltenes have been shown to exhibit polymeric behavior, be soluble in aromatics and longer straight-chain hydrocarbons, and insoluble in alcohols and water, increase viscosity and stiffness, and harden softer petroleum fractions. Harmonite is a finely divided powder that is operation-friendly, according to the company. It is said to flow well at room temperature.


Post date: 11/13/2017

Reactor TPO technology
Catalloy technology creates reactor thermoplastic polyolefins that are said to combine the advantages of polyolefins with those of elastomers. Their wide range of highly balanced and tailor-made properties is said to make these materials unique. Catalloy rTPO resins can also be recycled to guarantee full sustainability throughout a product's life cycle and beyond. Catalloy is a multi-stage gas phase polymerization process, not just a resin or a product name. This process is said to produce materials over a much wider property spectrum and with a high degree of consistency. From the Catalloy process, the company is said to produce an innovative family of reactor thermoplastic polyolefins. Using a series of independent gas phase reactors with independent composition and sophisticated catalysts, the Catalloy process is said to produce a polymer alloy using multiple monomer inputs.


Post date: 11/13/2017

Crosslinking peroxides
Organic peroxides for the crosslinking of elastomers and thermoplastics are said to find use in a huge range of industrial and consumer products. These include automotive parts (i.e., seals, gaskets, hoses, belts, spark plug boots and o-rings), golf ball cores, footwear soles, adhesive tapes, wire and cable, and foamed products (rubber and thermoplastics). Organic peroxides are also said to find growing use in polymer modification (CR-PP), grafting, processes (silane, maleic anhydride) and dynamic vulcanization (TPV production). Compression set properties improve with higher peroxide amounts. Whereas the crosslink density is mainly affected by the amount of peroxide, the rate of crosslinking is mainly determined by the temperature and the type of peroxide. The company's slip and anti-blocking additives, which trade under the names Armid and Armoslip, are also used as processing aids for elastomers.


Post date: 11/13/2017

Thermoplastic vulcanizates
Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizates are said to have a successful track record for flexible, high quality engineered parts used in a wide range of automotive applications. Combining the characteristics of vulcanized rubber with the processing ease of thermoplastics, Santoprene TPVs are said to deliver excellent long-term performance, the potential for reduced system costs, and the possibility of sustainability benefits. Santoprene TPV grades are available for basic molding and/or extrusion, glass encapsulation, interior, extrusion, slip coat, corner molding and special bonding. Under-the-chassis applications for Santoprene include steering boots, suspension boots, control cables and air dams. Under-the-hood applications include air duct systems, plugs, bumpers and grommets, tubes and connectors, and fuel line systems. Santoprene can be used in weatherseals for such applications as glass encapsulation, inner belt line, outer belt line, end cap and corner molding, glass run channel, cowl vent/hood to cowl, cut line, gap filler, tailgate trunk, windshield, sunroof and roof line. Interior applications include flapper door seals, steering column covers, mats and cup holders, and more.

ExxonMobil Chemical

Post date: 11/13/2017

Millable PU rubber
Millathane polyurethane rubber is said to possess a combination of physical properties not found in natural or other synthetic rubbers, and is said to make a significant contribution to the high performance rubber market. Key properties of a polyurethane rubber demanded by high performance applications include abrasion resistance, high strength properties, low temperature flexibility, ozone resistance, load bearing ability, outstanding oil resistance and resistance to nitrogen permeability. Peroxide cured compounds, especially of polyester polyurethane grades, are said to have good heat and compression set resistance, being able to withstand continuous temperatures up to 100C, and intermittent temperatures up to 120C. Sulfur cured compounds generally have higher strength properties, including abrasion resistance, versus peroxide cured. Isocyanate cured compounds have outstanding strength (tensile and tear), and abrasion resistance in higher hardness compounds (75-99 durometer A to 65 durometer D), according to the company. Millathane millable polyurethane rubber is used in many industrial markets, such as business machines, automotive, textile, footwear and others.

TSE Industries

Post date: 11/13/2017


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