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Resilient Terephthalic Resin Introduced for Pultrusion and Wet Moulding Applications

18 March 2006

Reichhold has introduced a new low-styrene, resilient terephthalic resin for pultrusion and wet moulding applications.

Polylite 31516-00 is a low-styrene, resilient terephthalic resin developed as a performance match to the resilient isophthalic resin systems. The material was developed to yield a lower total cost structure for pultruders by enabling them to increase line speeds.

Reichhold say that pultruders will find that this resin provides faster line speeds while helping them meet MACT regulations, and that customers in wet moulding also benefit from the low styrene, high reactivity, and tough laminate physical properties. With a styrene level of 30% or less, it is MACT-compliant and also direct injection capable. It is claimed that this resin boasts a low viscosity, a low-styrene chemical composition, outstanding physical properties and all around toughness, which makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications and high production rates.

Reichhold have also announced a price increase of 70 € (Euro) per metric ton (0.07€/Kg) on all of its products sold to the composites industry in the EMEA region (Europe / Middle East / Africa). This increase is effective for all orders shipped on or after April 18, 2006.

“Steady increases in key raw materials combined with the continued rise in energy, packaging and freight costs, makes this price adjustment for polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel coats and ancillary products unavoidable,” explained Reichhold’s EMEA Vice President of Sales Alberto Piccinotti.

“Reichhold works to continuously improve the products and services we provide to the composites industry,” Piccinotti continued, “and we sincerely appreciate our customers’ understanding and support at a time when the entire industry is impacted by the rising costs of raw materials.”





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