GE launches new family of thermoplastic polyimides (November 27, 2006)
GE Plastics has launched a new line of thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resins designed to provide high thermal, chemi...
GE Plastics has launched a new line of thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resins designed to provide high thermal, chemical and mechanical resistance.
Called Extrem, the resins offer continuous-use temperatures up to 230 C, and glass transition temperatures up to 310 C, the company said in a Nov. 14 webcast.
“GE’s new Extrem resin line represents a huge leap in cost-performance designed to help our customers grow their businesses,” Brian Herington, GE Plastics general manager of high-performance polymers, explained.
According to GE, the Extrem resins are inherently flame-retardant without the use of halogens; remain stiff and dimensionally stable in extreme temperatures; provide resistance to a wide range of chemicals; and are melt processable on traditional extrusion and molding equipment.
The resins should make available new applications in industries such as defense, aerospace, oil and gas processing, electronics, semiconductor wafer handling and specialty fibres, Herington said.
Pittsfield, Mass.-based GE Plastics will have commercial quantities of Extrem available in early 2007.