Materials (July 01, 2009)
New family of opaque blends
Eastman Chemical Company and PolyOne Corp. are commercializing a new family of opaque blends based on Tritan-brand copolyester. The new products are blends of Tritan and ABS, and are being marketed as Edgetek XT brand high performance blends.
The new materials — made at PolyOne’s headquarters site in Avon Lake, Ohio — have exceptional chemical resistance and hydrolytic stability, as well as superior toughness, high gloss, and ease of processing.
Edgetk XT is well suited for handheld device applications, and products that require aesthetically pleasing and durable housings, like hand-held GPS and PDA systems, binoculars, small electronics, battery powered tools, housewares, and sporting goods.
The new Tritan-based products can replace polycarbonate in injection molding with minimal retooling.
Tritan/ABS materials can compete with polycarbonate/ABS blends, and can improve opportunities in product design,
PolyOne Distribution Canada Ltd. (Mississauga, Ont.); www.polyone.com; 1-888-394-2662