16 January 2004
16 January 2004
Noble Polymers has commercially launched Forte, a proprietary nanocomposite engineered to serve as a greener, more cost effective substitute for traditional materials such as glass-filled polypropylene.
Noble said it spent two years developing Forte in conjunction with Grand Rapids, Mich.-based injection molder Cascade Engineering, Inc. The nanocomposite is designed to serve as a substitute for resins that contain large amounts of fillers such as glass, or where the performance advantages of Forte are required.
Engineered at a molecular level, Forte has been developed to create compounds that offer superior mechanical properties, as well as improved quality and reduced visual defects. In research and testing conducted by Noble and Cascade Engineering, Forte consistently improved the strength and lowered the overall weight and cost of parts. Noble said Forte also offers plastic molders enhanced “green” qualities, with improved recycleability and reduced amounts of filler content.
""Forte is a prime example of our efforts to focus on break-through technologies that can have a significant impact for molders, OEMs and consumers,” said Taher Abujoudeh, Cascade Engineering’s director of materials engineering. “This nanocomposite revolutionizes the way products will be designed by lowering part weight and enhancing properties.”
“We want to be known as the company willing to tackle tough problems and find the right solutions,” said Tim Patterson, head of Noble Polymers. “Forte enables us to improve the performance of multiple components in multiple industries, while benefiting the environment and helping us better serve our customers.”
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