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Great Lakes Will Introduce New Additives at K2004

18 June 2004

Great Lakes Chemical Corporation are to launch the latest additions to its range of flame retardants and polymer stabilizers at K 2004.

K 2004, which will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany on October 20-27th, will see expansions of each of Great Lakes' flame retardant families including bromine-, phosphorus-, and antimony-based flame retardants and other synergists, in addition to the launch of new, specialized polymer stabilizer systems incorporating the company's broad range of UV absorbers, Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), antioxidants and nucleating / clarifying agents.

Great Lakes will extend its flame retardant portfolio to feature two new flame retardants for use in electrical components such as connectors, relays and switches. Firemaster BP411, a brominated polystyrene flame retardant additive, and Firemaster CP-44HF a polybrominated styrene co-polymer, complement the company's existing, highly successful range of brominated styrene flame retardants for engineering thermoplastic resins. Each product demonstrates unique performance in the areas of thermal stability, flow and blister resistance in thermoplastic polyester and high temperature polyamide applications.

A third new product launch at the show is a halogen-free flame retardant for polyurethane foam. This additive is primarily for use in the automotive industry to help manufacturers meet more demanding emission specifications.

In April 2004 Great Lakes announced the creation of GLCC Laurel LLC, a joint venture between Great Lakes and Laurel Industries Inc. This means that in addition to the existing Great Lakes range of antimony-based flame retardants and synergists, K 2004 will feature the PetCat line of high quality, performance grade antimony trioxide used as a Catalyst in the manufacture of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

The new range of ClearLite nucleating agents / clarifiers, highlighted at K 2004 are claimed to increase the overall crystallization rate of semi-crystalline polymers like polypropylene, polyamide and polyester, allowing increased productivity and improved physical properties.

Several innovative, application focused solutions will also be launched at K 2004 such as Anox FiberPlus, Anox CompoundPlus, Anox ProcessPlus and Anox RecyclePlus. These customized stabilization systems have been developed to offer optimized performance and cost compared to existing additive systems, in addition to fulfilling unmet industry requirements.





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