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Great Lakes introduces innovative polymer stabilisers

Great Lakes Chemical Corporation : 08 November, 2004  (New Product)
Great Lakes introduces three optimised and flexible additive systems that are customised to meet specific polymer stabilisation requirements that until now have remained unfulfilled in the industry.
The polymer industry is under increasing pressure to achieve higher performance and production targets for more demanding and more diverse applications. To stay competitive, equipment must run faster and at higher temperatures, thereby challenging the physical characteristics of the polymer.

Great Lakes introduces three optimised and flexible additive systems that are customised to meet specific polymer stabilisation requirements that until now have remained unfulfilled in the industry. Anox FiberPlus, Anox CompoundPlus, and Anox ProcessPlus allow the polymer manufacturer or compounder to achieve higher performance targets at an efficient cost.

Anox FiberPlus has been developed for the process stabilisation of polypropylene(PP) fibre grades. It allows manufacturers to achieve good process stability and outstanding colour protection of the fibre grade, in addition to excellent gas fading resistance of the resulting polymer. UV stability and long term heat aging can also be adjusted to specific requirements by Anox FiberPlus blends, based on the required durability and UV protection of the finished product. These blends also offer a unique performance versus cost solution by allowing a significant reduction in peroxide consumption. Peroxide is traditionally added to increase the melt flow index and to narrow the molecular weight distribution of PP. PP fibres are used in a wide variety of finished goods from hygienic and medical goods such as disposable diapers to durable products such as carpet pile and backing or outdoor clothing.

Anox ProcessPlus products are tailored to the process stabilisation of polypropylene and high density polyethylene (HDPE) and allow the polymer manufacturer to achieve higher productivity under more severe processing conditions. The systems offer excellent melt flow protection, which means that the physical properties of the polymer are maintained, in addition to outstanding colour protection, benefiting aesthetically sensitive applications such as product packaging. PP and HDPE polymers are used in various applications such as film production and components made from injection or blow moulding.

Anox CompoundPlus products are designed to address the specific needs of plastics compounders, offering tailor-made solutions to their day to day challenges. Plastic compounds serve a whole variety of plastics applications.

“We have successfully developed an innovation concept that is so flexible and solution orientated it will help solve many problems experienced by our customers to-date,” commented Maurizio Butti, executive vice president of polymer stabilizers. “Application focused blends are proprietary developments based on our broad additives portfolio, extensive additives knowledge, and unique expertise in blending technology. Such a combination, we feel, is a great answer to the challenges faced by the polymer industry today.”
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