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Ascend, Celanese
introduce materials
By Frank Esposito
Plastics News Staff
Celanese Corp. and Ascend
Performance Materials are highlighting
several recent advancements
at Fakuma 2023.
Dallas-based Celanese recently
worked with Tier 2 automotive
parts supplier Trelleborg Boots
to design a suspension jounce
bumper that requires no base
cup, ring nor dust cover bellow.
The design includes a snap-fi t assembly
that improves durability
and eliminates contact with the
strut, so there's no added friction,
abrasion or wear noise.
The new jounce bumper is
press blow molded from Celanese's
Hytrel TPC-brand TPE. It
is expected to be more durable
than ones made with polyurethane
foam, the incumbent material
for this application.
Celanese also is launching
two new nylon solutions for
manufacturers of electric vehicle
powertrain components
and battery applications. The
Frianyl PA-brand W-Series of
fl ame-retardant nylon solutions
can be used in large, thickwalled,
fl ame-retardant components
for EV batteries.
With the W-Series, offi cials
said manufacturers can improve
the safety of these components,
introduce novel new designs
and enhance manufacturing effi -
ciency. Potential applications include
battery module housings
and e-box housings and covers.
New sustainable solutions
from Celanese include:
* Santoprene TPV ECO-R:
The new ECO-R solutions incorporate
at least 15 percent
post-consumer content. Celanese
estimates these materials
can reduce carbon emissions
CELANESE CORP.
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Booth 4200
ASCEND PERFORMANCE
MATERIALS
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Booth 5217
by almost 60 percent compared
with a similar part made with
EPDM rubber.
* Celanex PBT ECO-R: With an
estimated minimum of 25 percent
post-consumer PET, offi cials
said these new polybutylene
terephthalate/PET blends enable
makers of automotive applications
and consumer goods to
have more sustainable product
options while maintaining excellent
mechanical properties.
* Tecnoprene PP ECO-R: Commercialized
in North America
and Europe, the new Tecnoprene
PP ECO-R solutions have at least
30 percent recycled content by
weight. They were developed to
provide automotive suppliers
with a sustainable offering that
still meets performance characteristics
of standard polypropylene
compounds. Manufacturers
of tailgates, spoilers and cooling
modules are developing parts
based on these new grades.
" Partnership is key to drive
progress towards a low-carbon
and circular economy, " said
Steffi Götzel, global sustainability
leader.
Ascend debuts
metal-detectable
compounds
Ascend of Houston is debutPartnership
is
key to drive
progress towards
a low-carbon and
circular economy. "
Steffi Götzel
Celanese Corp.
ing pre-colored, metal-detectable
Vydyne-brand nylon 6/6
compounds. The new materials
are designed for cable ties and
fasteners for industries where
foreign object contamination
causes health concerns, such as
in pharmaceutical and food processing
facilities.
Offi cials said the new material
" meets the most stringent performance
standards and simplifi
es the supply chain for cable
tie and fastener producers. "
Cable tie segment leader Tim
Goossens added that the new
Vydyne " reduces the need for
additional tolling or masterbatch
steps and ensures the material
performs as intended right
out of the box. "
Metal-detectable Vydyne materials
are globally available
and offered in two blue-colored
grades with high and low impact
strength. Beyond cable ties and
fasteners, both grades also target
safety-critical applications in machined
plastic stock shapes and
any consumables that require
HACCP-managed food safety.
Extreme Coatings forms
partnership for Europe operations
By Jim Johnson
Plastics News Staff
Extreme Coatings, which provides
wear resistance to feedscrews
used in the plastics and
rubber industries, has opened up
operations for the fi rst time in Europe.
The move, through a partnership
with FS Maschinenbau, is
situated in a new 15,000-squarefoot
building in Gmunden, Austria,
and operates as Extreme Coatings
GmbH, the company said.
St.
Petersburg,
Fla.-based
Extreme Coatings previously
shipped parts
from Europe
to the United
States for processing,
so the
new location is
dramatically
cutting order
lead times,
said Scott Caplan,
executive
vice president.
The move also
lowers shipping
costs.
Caplan
Feedscrews used in injection
molding and extrusion applications
wear down over time, but
Extreme Coatings' process extends
their lives.
Caplan said additives such as
glass fi ber and chemicals can create
wear on feedscrews, but the
company's coatings are designed
to extend part life.
Extreme Coatings uses what
the company calls " thermal spray
technology " to apply both wearand
corrosion-resistant protecEXTREME
COATINGS
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tive coatings made from tungsten
or chromium carbide to both new
and used feedscrews.
The coating creates what Extreme
Coatings calls " like-new performance
and at least two to three
times longer equipment life. "
Extreme Coatings is licensing
technology to FS Maschinenbau,
an engineering services business
to create the new facility.
" The whole idea was to make
it more accessible to Europe, "
Caplan said about his company's
technology.
The company would constantly
talk with customers in Europe
during plastics shows about its
services, but some were put off
by the lead times needed to ship
to the United States, coat and
then ship back to Europe, he said.
The coating process itself takes
about two weeks, but shipping
typically pushed a project out to
six weeks or so. Having a location
in Austria now cuts a typical project
time back down to about two
weeks, Caplan said.
Having more durable feedscrews
that allow equipment to
Feedscrews used in injection
molding and extrusion
applications wear down over
time, but Extreme Coatings'
process extends their lives.
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run longer is important in today's
marketplace, considering rising
costs and labor shortages, he said.
" Where the bottom line is in this
world today with the cost of labor,
the cost of materials and the
state of a lot of plasticating companies,
a lot of companies ... don't
have the same engineers running
all this equipment anymore, " he
said. " So uptime is essential and
it's a necessity anymore, and this
only leads to more of our product
being needed. "
Along with the St. Petersburg
location, Extreme Coatings has
sites in India, South Korea and
Chile, Caplan said.
" We're very excited to handle
this locally. It's a big deal. And that
saves customer freight and lead
time, which is substantial, " he said
about the new location in Europe.
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