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RTP Company to Manufacture and Sell Custom Compounds Based on Solvay’s Torlon Polyamide-imide

  • Tuesday, 8th December 2015
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Solvay Specialty Polymers has signed a new licensing agreement that enables RTP Company to manufacture and sell RTP Company custom compounds based on Solvay’s ultra-high performance Torlon polyamide-imide (PAI) polymer.

According to RTP Company, the new business arrangement expands its capability to meet growing demand for Torlon PAI-based compounds. Available under the RTP 5000 label, the new offering from RTP Company is designed to target demanding applications that require high structural strength or excellent wear resistance, as well as the ability to perform reliably at high temperature, under load and in harsh chemical environments.

“This new agreement both expands and strengthens our broad and growing portfolio of custom compounds,” said Scott Koberna, Global General Manager of Wear and Friction Materials for RTP Company. “Solvay’s advanced Torlon PAI technology will help us explore entirely new and unique solutions for customers in fast-growing markets, such as automotive, industrial, off-road vehicles, building and construction, defence and aerospace.”

RPT Company explains, Torlon PAI combines the exceptional performance of thermoset polyimides with the melt-processing advantage of thermoplastics to deliver industry-leading strength and stiffness at temperatures up to 275°C (525°F). Wear-resistant grades offer unsurpassed performance at elevated pressures and velocities in both dry and lubricated environments. The RTP 5000 family of compounds will incorporate new and existing additive packages to further extend the performance range of Solvay’s PAI technology. Solvay says it will continue to manufacture and sell Torlon PAI compounds through its normal direct supply channels.

“RTP Company has been a well-recognised and trusted compounder of Solvay’s advanced materials for many years, and this new agreement improves on that relationship by combining Solvay’s industry-leading PAI polymer chemistry with RTP Company’s world-class compounding and distribution capabilities,” said Chris Wilson, Vice President of Ultra Polymers for Solvay Specialty Polymers. “This is a major win for both companies and will expand the competitive solutions of our global customers.


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