08 May 2007
08 May 2007
This month DSM Neoxil will start production at its new, totally dedicated sizing plant in Shanghai, China.
DSM say that this will further consolidate DSM’s position in the development and manufacture of sizings and binders - essential value-added products used in the fibre manufacturing industry.
As Business Director Remko Goudappel remarks: “The new Neoxil plant is a substantial investment and underscores our commitment to better serving the growing fibre reinforcements market in the Asia-Pacific region. With our plant in China running alongside our plant in Italy, we will gain an increased capacity for product development and custom manufacturing. Customers in the APAC region will benefit from improved services with fresh material and rapid deliveries replacing lengthy shipping schedules. And our global customers can rest assured in the knowledge that the new plant will produce Neoxil products to the same high quality, safety and environmental standards that have made the Neoxil brand a benchmark for fibre sizing emulsions for more than 30 years.”
DSM has been running an extensive training program for the new personnel and they will also deploy experienced Neoxil people to support production and product qualifications.
Sizing is a critical component in the composite value chain as it determines the optimal fibre compatibility and performance with the resin matrix. DSM Neoxil has recently launched the following innovative products:
Neoxil 5537: an aliphatic polyether polyurethane emulsion for thermoplastic chopped strand applications for polyamide. The product was also confirmed as compliant with EU food contact regulations.
Neoxil 4691: an aliphatic polyurethane with high molecular weight and high solids content which has now been commercially up-scaled for global sales.
Neoxil 777: for thermoplastic chopped strand applications for homo-polymer and coupled polypropylene plastics, polypropylene copolymer with high molecular and melting point of 130 °C.
Neoxil 5716: a novolac epoxy offering good hydrolysis resistant strength and good colour. DSM say that the product can be used in PBT as well as direct roving applications.
Neoxil 990 PMX: a powder binder based on propoxylated bisphenol-A, balancing particle size distribution and thermal stability (Tg) with what DSM says is excellent processing in CSM (chopped strand mats) and superior solubility and compatibility in composite applications.