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Michelman Addresses Automotive Lightweighting at JEC World 2018

06 March 2018

Michelman Addresses Automotive Lightweighting at JEC World 2018

Michelman is addressing the need for automotive lightweighting with its newest portfolio of film formers, Hydrosize Link.

Hydrosize Link products are the result of Michelman’s focus on the development and manufacturing of specialised polyurethane fibre sizing that improves composite performance in applications where materials are exposed to water, ethylene glycol and high temperature.

Michelman will showcase its Hydrosize Link U470 and U480 fibre sizing products designed to react with polyamide resin matrices at JEC World. These high performance sizing products are added during the fibre manufacturing process and are activated during compounding to increase the interfacial adhesion between the fibre and polymer matrix. This improved adhesion provides great resistance to the glycol fluids used in coolant systems and allows automakers to produce cost-effective components that perform to the exact specifications required.

Michelman will also highlight its portfolio of Hydrosize grades for use with recycled carbon fibres. These include Hydrosize U2-04, Hydrosize HP3-02, Hydrosize PA845H and Hydrosize HP-1632. These formulations are compatible with previously sized recycled carbon fibre, typically epoxy, as well as with most common thermoplastic resins such as PA, PP, PC and high temperature thermoplastics such as PPS and PEEK. 

Complementing these robust lines of fibre sizing, Michelman will offer a selection of solutions for amorphous polymers such as polycarbonates (PC) and polyphenylene oxide (PPO), including Hydrosize U5-01 and Hydrosize U2022, which offer improved impact resistance, higher strength and elongation to break. These products are APE free.

Michelman offers a selection of sizing solutions that are optimised for a broad range of thermoplastic and thermoset resins, including high temperature matrices. The company’s fibre sizing can be applied during the manufacturing process of chopped or continuous strand fibreglass, carbon fibre, natural fibres and fillers, or post-applied when making nonwovens and composite prepregs.

Visit Michelman in Hall 6, Booth K83 at JEC World 2018.

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