17 January 2012
17 January 2012
According to Ticona, their glass fibre reinforced polypropylene Celstran PP LFT has been used to turn the Brazilian plastic chair, designed by Guto Indio da Costa, "IC01-Chair" into an award winning and exclusive design model.
Ticona explain that the new "IC01-Chair" is made of their glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) Celstran LFT in just a single moulding process. They say the material is favoured for its good mechanical properties, high dimensional stability and superb surface quality.
Despite the chair presenting an unusual challenge for Celstran PP LFT, Ticona say its combination of properties made it stand out against its rivals in terms of design options, processability and cost efficiency, providing freedom of lightweight design. Weighing just 5.5 kg, Ticona explain that the chair made of Celstran PP LFT with 30% glass fibre content is a lot lighter than competing models made of other materials. "In addition to the significant weight and cost advantages over typical materials used in similar applications, this Celstran PP LFRT offers high stiffness, strength, toughness and low warpage while providing wide design latitude, colourability and a much better surface finish out of the mould", says Simone Orosco, Development and Marketing Manager, Ticona, Brazil.
Ticona added that the lightweight and stable materials mean they have little tendency to creep improving the resistance to pressure and warping and, thus, reducing the loss of surface and coating layers. Due to their high impact strength, damage and cracking during packaging, shipment and assembly are much reduced. They say that they also excel in their enhanced notch toughness which results in an excellent load transmission and a highly predictable response to low temperatures, the latter being a key factor of outdoor use of the chair in winter. Ticona say that further features include excellent tensile strength and elongation as well as their plastic deformation response to overload which prevents the chair from collapsing suddenly. The diversity of colour shades is obtained by simply adding the appropriate colour batch during the injection moulding process.