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SABIC Innovative Plastics Completes its Portfolio of Valox* SHF Resins, Enabling Electrical & Automotive Part Manufacturers to Go with the Flow

01-29-2009 05:24 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: SABIC Innovative Plastics

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Thirty Percent Glass-Filled Flame Retardant Super High Flow PBT (bottom) Offers Twice the Flow Length of Thirty Percent Glass-Filled FR PBT (top)

Thirty Percent Glass-Filled Flame Retardant Super High Flow PBT (bottom) Offers Twice the Flow Length of Thirty Percent Glass-Filled FR PBT (top)

BERGEN OP ZOOM, The Netherlands – January 28, 2009 – Today electrical/electronic part designers are pulling their hair trying to shoehorn more functionality into ever-smaller spaces and reduce system costs. One way to do both is to relax and go with the flow. Super High Flow resins enable thinner-wall parts that accommodate more capabilities. They also speed up processing and cut costs while maintaining good mechanical and heat performances.
SABIC Innovative Plastics has raised the bar with a complete portfolio of glass filled Super High Flow Valox* SHF resins offering twice the flow length of standard glass filled polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). With this comprehensive PBT product family, electrical and automotive part manufacturers have many choices when molding thin-wall parts such as connectors and excess voltage cut-off switches.

“More than ever, our customers are under tremendous pressure to rapidly produce electrical components with less weight and mass, and at a lower price,” said Arthur van Dijk, industry manager, Electrical and Lighting, SABIC Innovative Plastics. “Our full line of Super High Flow Valox resins relieves the stress by providing greater design flexibility and increased productivity and capacity compared to other PBT resins. Now that we’ve added new grades featuring enhanced hydrolytic stability, low warpage, and better weathering, Valox SHF resins can be used even more widely – in warm, moist under-hood environments and for small, highly precise connectors, for example.”

Many Potential Benefits from One Resin Family

By doubling the flow performance of traditional glass-filled PBT resins, Valox SHF resin grades offer several important benefits:

• Thinner-wall parts and more-complex designs (part consolidation) than were previously possible.
• Reduced part stress, resulting in better dimensional stability and performance.
• Reduced system costs by eliminating short shots (scrap), minimizing tool maintenance due to lower injection pressure, and reducing the amount of resin required. Also, because Valox SHF resin can be processed at a lower temperature than conventional PBT resins, less energy for heating/cooling is needed.
• Reduced cycle time by up to 25 percent due to faster injection rate and reduced cooling time, leading to more parts per min.

A Broad Range of Properties

The Valox SHF resin portfolio offers customers both flame-retardant and non-flame-retardant grades. Glass fiber levels range from 15 to 40 percent. And there are low warpage and hydrolytically stable choices available. All grades offer best-in-class performance, beginning with superior flow properties combined with chemical resistance, mechanical and heat performances.

In addition to replacing traditional glass-filled PBT resins, Valox SHF resin grades can be substituted for liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) in applications where higher heat is not needed. The SABIC Innovative Plastics’ materials offer comparable flow but are much easier to process than LCPs and are significantly less expensive.

For additional information on SABIC Innovative Plastics’ Valox SHF resins, please go to www.sabic-ip.com.

About SABIC Innovative Plastics

SABIC Innovative Plastics is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with a 75-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, SABIC Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 25 countries and over 10,500 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as automotive, electronics, building & construction, transportation, and healthcare. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. SABIC Innovative Plastics (www.sabic-ip.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), one of the world’s top five petrochemicals manufacturers.

Kevin Noels
Marketing Solutions
Lelyweg 6
4612 PS, Bergen op Zoom,
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 164 317 011
E-Mail: knoels@marketingsolutions.be

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