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Responding to market need for high-performance engineering thermoplastic products, Teknor Apex has begun the globalisation of a range of technologies developed in Europe but until now not widely available in the Americas or Asia.
Reflecting what will ultimately be a worldwide product line expansion, the company’s Nylon Division has been renamed the Engineering Thermoplastics (ETP) Division.
The new ETP portfolio will leverage over 30 years of technology development from Plastic-Technologie-Service (PTS), a recent Teknor Apex acquisition, with nine technological platforms and more than 700 commercial ETP products. The first ETP products Teknor Apex will introduce are Creamid ultra-high performance glass fibre reinforced polyamides, based on different polymer chemistry than widely used nylons like the company’s own Chemlon products. Teknor Apex will manufacture Creamid products in the US as well as in Europe.
These compounds will offer designers and processors enhanced capabilities for metal replacement and other high-specification applications, according to Michael A. Roberts, Vice President of the ETP Division. In comparison with standard glass-filled nylons, Creamid compounds are claimed to provide substantial improvements in physical properties, surface appearance and mouldability.
“These unique nylon materials deliver processing and physical properties that are superior to anything else currently available on a global scale, and dramatically better than typical PA66 compounded materials,” reports Roberts.
Other PTS-developed materials will follow the Creamid debut, including Duramid polyamides, which are said to exhibit similarly distinct improvements over Creamid products, as well as blends based on other diverse resins, specialised formulations with non-melting properties, electroplating, over-moulding with thermoplastics elastomers (TPEs) and PEEK replacement resins.
“By combining unique technologies developed by PTS with those that we have long employed for nylon and other compounds, Teknor Apex is creating a global source of high-performance materials for automotive, electrical, military, and other demanding markets,” says Roberts. “As with our Chemlon products, the new high-performance compounds will be available worldwide, and we are always prepared to develop custom formulations and responsive customer support.”
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