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Nanocomposite concentrates target new users

Resin and additive distributor/compounder PolyOne Corp. has introduced a new line of nanocomposite additives it cla...


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July 2, 2003 by Canadian Plastics

Resin and additive distributor/compounder PolyOne Corp. has introduced a new line of nanocomposite additives it claims will take the rocket science out of developing and processing nanocomposite-based materials. Nanoblend Concentrates are designed to replace traditional mineral or glass reinforcements and flame retardant additives in a variety of olefin-based resins, according to David Jarus, PolyOne R&D manager, nanotechnology.
"One reason we launched this product was to take away the hype that surrounds nanocomposite technology," Jarus said during the recent NPE. "The formulations are readily dispersible and anyone can use the concentrates to develop olefin-based materials for a variety of plastic processes."
Jarus says the nanocomposite concentrates can deliver higher performance, for example increased modulus, at lower fill levels than traditional mineral or glass-reinforced additives. The new product family is the result of a strategic alliance announced in January 2003 between PolyOne and Nanocor Inc., the Arlington Heights, IL-based supplier of nanoclays.