03/27/2012

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A. Schulman at NPE 2012: Replacing metal with plastics

"According to recent customer surveys, engineered plastics applications cover only approximately 15% of their potential for metal replacement.  Because designers, customers and end users will notice and value the significant productivity improvements, we have developed this family of products.  We anticipate benefits in product performance, lower system costs, increased manufacturing efficiency, durability and aesthetics.  Developing metal substitution applications will be a strategic focus for A. Schulman," said Jeff McCoy, Senior Business Manager, NA Engineered Plastics Business Unit. The new family of products includes three glass fiber types and one carbon fibre reinforced type:
Schulamid HM GFS50 (230 MPa tensile strength, 16,000 MPa E-Modulus) Schulamid HM GFS60 (225 MPa tensile strength, 20,500 MPa E-Modulus Schulamid HM GFS65 (220 MPa tensile strength, 21,500 MPa E-Modulus Schulamid HM CFS40 (265 MPa tensile strength, 30,000 MPa E-Modulus) Besides the new Schulamid HM series the supplier of engineered plastics, masterbatches and specialty powders and distributor, will highlight the following other products: Schulamid Nylon 612 product platform for optimal performance in fluid management systems. This platform is a commercially viable alternative to Nylon 610, Nylon 11 and Nylon 12. Compounds optimized for fuel and brake system components will be on display.Newly launched Schulamid 612 IC 4005W for industrial fluid management applications such as pneumatic tubing, protective cable jacketing, liquids transport, etc., for automation, materials handling and chemical processing.A. Schulman Masterbatch announces "Surface Solutions - Bringing Performance, Appearance and Processing to the Surface." Polybatch Surface Solutions provide aesthetic flexibility and functional control of critical surfaces in flexible and rigid applications. Polybatch Concentrates are designed for good dispersion in injection and blow molding; sheet and thermoforming; as well as cast, blown and oriented films. On display at the show: dramatic custom colors, natural matte effects, textured synthetic paper, and functional enhancements in PP, PE, PS, PA, PET and PLA.A complete line of rotational molding powders in custom compounded colors, specialty stone effects, foams and natural powder. The Company's powders are designed and formulated for excellent performance and ease of processing in rotational molding applications.Custom powder services showcase - displaying ICO Polymers, a division of A. Schulman, featuring technical expertise in grinding a wide range of plastics, waxes, engineering resins, rubbers/elastomers, chemicals and inorganic materials into custom-sized powders tailored to suit a variety of applications.Polytrope STR resins - a family of products that can be easily formulated to match any color and achieve any gloss level, from ultra low-gloss textured surfaces to a "painted metal" appearance.Distribution Services' broad spectrum of prime resins supported by industry-leading technical service and commercial support.

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