Arkema will have a presence at the 2015 NPE International Plastics Expo in Orlando, FL, at the end of March featuring products from five business units that serve the broad plastics marketplace. The product portfolio will range from new offerings in bio-sourced solutions, PVDF resins, new thermoplastic resins, thermoplastic elastomers, soybean-based plasticizers, and impact modifiers and compatibilizers for nylons and polyesters.
“In recent years we have marshaled our business resources, manufacturing assets and technical expertise around markets that focus on sustainable benefits to our ultimate end-users,” said Bernard Roche, president and CEO of Arkema’s operations in the Americas. “The products we will feature at NPE reflect our focus on megatrends, such as water management, energy-saving lightweight materials, highly durable materials, and natural, bio-based products. We regard NPE as the marquee venue to display our expansion into these markets.”
Arkema’s Fluoropolymers business unit will feature Kynar PVDF, Kynar Flex PVDF, Kynar Aquatec fluoropolymer latex, and Kynar film. Kynar products are used in wire and cable, chemical processing, oil and gas transport, photovoltaics, lithium ion batteries, water filtration, and polymer compounding. This family of fluoropolymers combines many properties, notably flame and smoke resistance, service temperatures to 150°C, resistance to abrasion, chemical attack, sunlight and UV, radiation, and mechanical stress, all resulting an a material with exceptional long-term stability. Kynar brand products are commonly used in pipes, valves, pumps, tanks and fittings for corrosive chemical handling, off-shore piping for oil exploration, back sheets for solar panels, binder materials for batteries, filters for water purification, and long lasting coatings to protect a variety of outdoor substrates.
Arkema’s Altuglas International business offers solutions for precise, tough molded parts and a combination of performance properties and value through its family of Plexiglas acrylic thermoplastic resins. These resins provide optical clarity, weatherability, and design flexibility.
Arkema’s Specialty Polyamides group will highlight the expansion of its bio-sourced portfolio and Pebax resin developments. Energy return, toughness, flexibility, elasticity, and shock resistance make lightweight Pebax resins a solution for high performance sports equipment, such as running shoes and cleats. At NPE, Arkema will highlight a new area for Pebax materials, breathable nonwovens. Founded on the proven sustainability and use of renewables, Arkema continues to expand its bio-sourced portfolio with the addition of PA10.10, PA10.12, PA6.10 and now transparent grades in the Rilsan Clear Rnew family. These new grades, Rilsan Clear G850 Rnew and Rilsan Clear G120 Rnew, make Arkema the only supplier of bio-sourced transparent polyamides.
Arkema also will introduce Vikoplast™ plasticizers at NPE 2015 from its Functional Additives business. Worldwide pressure on phthalate use in the polymer industry has led to the development of Vikoplast™ soy-based plasticizers as a direct replacement. Drawing on Arkema’s extensive experience in Vikoflex® epoxides, Vikoplast™ epoxides are designed to suit the changing needs of the consumer and industrial flexible vinyl markets.
In the Functional Polyolefins business, Arkema will feature Lotader, Lotryl and Orevac impact modifiers and compatibilizers for all types of nylon and polyesters. In addition, Arkema supplies Orevac tie layers for a variety of packaging structures.