Masterbatch Technology in New Long Fibre Compounds from RTP

23 September 2007

RTP Company’s portfolio has extended to include engineered long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) compounds with the introduction of long cut additives.

The long-cut masterbatches are available as cube blends with RTP Company’s line of LFT products. RTP says that separation during handling is minimized because of similar pellet geometry allowing customers to receive superior, economic LFTs.

“We are in a unique supply situation because of our ability to formulate and produce long-cut color and additive packages for our LFT business,” confirmed Eric Lee, Business Manager of Structural Materials at RTP Company. “By applying our compounding competencies to long-cut additives for LFTs, we are able to create robust LFT solutions and minimize lead times for our customers.”

Traditional LFT suppliers are restricted in how they deliver LFT products containing additives. RTP says that with their masterbatch technology, customers are offered more choices; additives in long-cut masterbatch pellets for dry blending or additives in pre-compounded LFT pellets.

“Combining other technologies like custom colors, UV stabilization, wear resistance, or static dissipation with long fibre compounds is an underutilized advantage in the industry today,” said Karl Hoppe, RTP Company's lead development engineer for Long Fiber Compounds. “With our long-cut additives, customers can now incorporate these technologies at a lower cost compared to traditional LFT compounds.”

RTP significantly expanded its LFT global capacity during the past year. A new long fibre facility was opened in 2006 near its Winona, Minnesota headquarters and LFT lines became operational at RTP Company’s facility in Beaune, France. The latest expansion occurred earlier in 2007 when RTP Company added LFT production lines at its Suzhou, China manufacturing facility.

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