Ticona Extends Thermal Capability of its LCP by Adding More Grades for Lead-Free Soldering
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Ticona Engineering Polymers
8040 Dixie Hwy.
Florence, KY, 41042
Press release date: January 24, 2007
Vectra® S135 Liquid Crystal Polymer Withstands Temperatures to 335°C, Fills Walls Down to 0.2 mm
Florence, Ky.; Kelsterbach, Germany, January 24, 2007 - Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation, has introduced a new grade of Vectra® liquid crystal polymer (LCP) that extends the operating temperature and flowability of its LCP resins for use in demanding connector and lead-free, surface-mount applications. The new grade, Vectra® LCP S135, has a distortion temperature under load (DTUL) of 335°C (635°F), improved weld-line strength, and a reduced viscosity that allows it to fill walls as thin as 0.2 mm (0.008 in).
Vectra LCP S135 is targeted at surface-mount applications, especially those that must meet RoHS lead-free solder directives, for DIMM, DDR and fine-pitch connectors. Its unique polymer structure allows S135 to achieve a high DTUL, yet process stably at temperatures significantly lower than other high-DTUL LCPs. Vectra S 135 can also be molded at tool temperatures below 93°C (200°F), which allows for molds cooled by water rather than oil and for rapid cycle times.
Vectra S series compounds also have extremely low outgassing levels, which minimizes the possibility of blinding lenses in optoelectronic devices and improves contact life in miniature sealed relays.
"We developed Vectra S135 to meet our customers' needs for ultra-high heat resistance, thinner walls and faster cycle time," says Edward Hallahan, Global Product Manager - Vectra LCP. "This grade is another step in our ongoing effort to push the LCP envelope. In the near future, we expect to bring two more high-temperature Vectra grades to market in North America. Both will provide for improved flatness, and one will be able to fill wall thicknesses of less than 0.2 mm at low filling pressures."
For more information For information on Vectra S135 LCP, contact: Ticona, 8040 Dixie Highway Florence, KY 41042, USA. Phone: 1-800-833-4882. Email: email@example.com. In Europe: Ticona GmbH, Professor-Staudinger-Straße, D-65451 Kelsterbach, Germany. Phone: +49-(0)180-584-2662 (DE) or +49-(0)693-051-6299 (EU). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit: www.ticona.com.
About Ticona and Celanese
Ticona Engineering Polymers is one of the businesses of Celanese Corporation. Ticona produces and markets a broad range of engineering polymers and achieved sales of $887 million in 2005. Ticona has approximately 2,000 employees at production, compounding and research facilities in the USA, Germany and Brazil.
Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE) is an integrated global producer of value-added industrial chemicals based in Dallas, Texas. The Company has four major businesses: Chemicals Products, Technical Polymers Ticona, Acetate Products and Performance Products. Celanese has production plants in 13 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2005, Celanese Corporation had net sales of $6.1 billion. For more information on Celanese Corporation, please visit the company's web site at www.celanese.com.
For further information about Ticona and Celanese, please visit: www.ticona.com and www.celanese.com.