GE Plastics has launched their Valox Super High Flow resins, a family of glass- and mineral-filled polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) materials.
Valox Super High Flow resins are aimed at helping automakers and tiers achieve thinner, larger parts with greater detail at lower injection pressures without sacrificing performance. GE say that the materials address several key challenges. As gas prices increase, the automotive industry is seeking new technologies to produce thinner, lighter components for greater fuel efficiency. At the same time, automakers are increasingly combining multiple functions in the same component to save space so they can pack in extra features.
“Although these challenges appear unrelated, they are all about enhancing vehicle appeal by meeting the demands of today’s consumers for greater fuel efficiency and added features,” said Vikram Gopal, global crystalline program manager, GE Plastics. “Our new family of Super High Flow Valox resins allows automakers to design and mould parts that contribute to their competitive edge. An extra bonus of Valox Super High Flow resins is their potential to reduce system costs in several ways.”
The flow characteristics of the new GE grades – which achieved more than double the flow of existing PBT resins in spiral flow tests – make them candidates for such parts as power distribution boxes, high pin density connectors, and HVAC vanes, whose significant length and thinness can challenge other materials.
The new materials are available in a range of glass reinforcement levels
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