Arkema Inc. Introduces Novel Foam Core Technology for Kynar® PVDF
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stan Howard
King of Prussia, PA - January 24, 2013
Arkema Inc. has developed technology to manufacture Kynar® PVDF foam core structures that encapsulates a highly foamed center layer with solid interior and exterior layers. The technology is based on the patent-pending foam concentrate technology, known as Kynar Flex® 2620 FC masterbatch resin.
“We continue to develop cutting edge technology to enable Kynar® PVDF to expand into diverse markets not previously explored,” said Saeid Zerafati, Ph.D., Arkema’s Principal Research Engineer for Kynar® PVDF fluoropolymer foams. “Arkema has now developed the technology to produce a multilayer pipe which reduces weight by 50 percent at a significantly lower cost to manufacture while maintaining key Kynar® PVDF properties,” Zerafati noted.
Kynar® PVDF resin systems have a long history in oil and gas, chemical processing, high purity, flame and smoke, and weatherability applications. The new technical development creates additional opportunities in aerospace, aircraft, and automotive applications where weight reduction is paramount. In addition, the reduction in weight correlates to cost savings, which enables Kynar(R) PVDF pipe to compete against low cost, lower chemical performance competitive materials such as various grades of metal, fiberglass reinforced plastics, and other types of thermoplastics.
Foam core products utilizing this technology have improved flexibility, thermal conductivity, acoustic insulation, and a dramatic overall weight reduction while maintaining excellent physical, mechanical, and chemical resistance. “At 50 percent weight reduction, the pure Kynar® PVDF structure can be made lighter than water,” explained Sean Stabler, Business Development Engineer for Kynar® fluoropolymer foams.
Kynar® foam products can now be manufactured in monolayer, multilayer, and foam core structures, allowing for a broad range of applications in pipe and sheet. Each structure can be tailored to the desired reduction in density per application.
The foaming technology and specialized masterbatch have been developed by the R&D group in Arkema’s King of Prussia, PA, laboratory. They are the result of years of development. The masterbatch is sold in pellet form, which allows foaming levels to be fine-tuned in any conventional extrusion process.
A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials. With operations in more than 40 countries, some 14,000 employees and 10 research centers, Arkema should generate annual revenue of approximately $8.3 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.
Sean M. Stabler Tel.: 610 878 6990 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kynar® and Kynar Flex® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
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