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Ashland Introduces a New Tough Low-Density Resin

19 February 2006

Three new unsaturated polyester resin formulations now available from Ashland reduce weight and improve the painting characteristics of automotive composites.

The new resins, available in one Class A and two low-density structural formulations, are the latest enhancements to Ashland’s Arotran line of resins for the transportation industry.

“Our new formulations are the next generation of ‘tough’ resins,” said Cedric Ball, global market manager, Ashland Composite Polymers. “We achieved toughened Class A performance without sacrificing physical properties. This is also the first toughened resin in a low-density system offering tremendous weight savings to OEMs.”

The new Class A formulation specific gravity measures 1.6, while the two structural formulations boast densities of 1.3 and 1.2. The Class A formulation is claimed to provide excellent paint pop resistance, help decrease scrap and lower overall costs.





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