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Alcryn MPR selected by Amesbury-PPI for use in window and door components

Advanced Polymer Alloys Llc : 03 November, 2004  (Application Story)
Alcryn melt-processable rubber (MPR) from Advanced Polymer Alloys, a division of Ferro Corp and a leading supplier of melt-processable elastomers (MPEs), is being used by the Plastics Profile Division of the Amesbury Group (Amesbury-PPI) in window and door extruded accessory components.
Alcryn melt-processable rubber (MPR) from Advanced Polymer Alloys, a division of Ferro Corp and a leading supplier of melt-processable elastomers (MPEs), is being used by the Plastics Profile Division of the Amesbury Group (Amesbury-PPI) in window and door extruded accessory components.

PPI is the first manufacturer to employ Alcryn MPR in fenestration applications.

Amesbury-PPI, which produces components for major window and door manufacturers, is using the 2000 series of Alcryn MPR for weather stripping, seals and other window and door components. Alcryn MPR was selected because of its resistance to extreme weather conditions, durability, and ease of processing, as well as its ability to bond with PVC in a co-extruded profile. An added feature is Alcryn MPR's compatibility with chemicals used in the window and door industry's newest product - self-cleaning glass.

'The combination of Alcryn MPR's superior performance properties, easy processing and design synergy with PVC in a co-extrusion make it a significant material in the window and door industry,' said Jeff Senich, business development manager of APA. 'The result of those factors means APA helps manufacturers like Amesbury-PPI produce more durable and more cost-effective components that really satisfy their customers.'

Amesbury-PPI is using Alcryn MPR in bulb seals, hinged sealing applications, nailing fins and in other products with similar profiles, where the application requires a higher performance accessory part. Amesbury-PPI provides custom profile solutions to window and door manufacturers as well as other OEM industries.

Alcryn MPR delivers the durable performance characteristics of rubber and easily processes on conventional plastics equipment, which provides cost savings. Alcryn MPR does not require compounding or pre-drying before processing. Since parts made from Alcryn require no vulcanization, scrap can be recycled repeatedly with no detrimental effect on performance or appearance. When compared to soft TPEs and many vulcanized rubbers, Alcryn MPR outperforms in durability, coefficient of friction, and resistance to abrasion, chemicals, oils, fuels, and long-term exposure to sunlight and other aspects of weathering. Every grade in the product line can be made flame-retardant using a concentrate supplied by APA.
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