Coextrusion: You Have Everything, Now Have Everything Else


McMinnville, OR - July 25, 2008

Since 1980, Freelin-Wade (www.freelin-wade.com) has described their tubing as having everything. Their polyurethane is kink resistant and the nylon 11 tubing is chemical resistant. With this announcement, Freelin-Wade customers now have everything else.

Today, Freelin-Wade is announcing their new coextrusion capability. Specifically for the fluid power industry, this announcement means that for the first time, they can have it all.

Coextrusion put simply, is "a tube within a tube." How that happens is as the inside tube is being formed, the outside tube is being formed too. The result is that the two tubes become one. The process has been around for a while. In fact, the colored stripes that are common on drinking straws get there through a coextrusion process. Though the process is not new, Freelin-Wade's technology development and experience in the fluid power industry, make this a groundbreaking announcement.

Freelin-Wade's Marketing Manager, Ron Miller said, "The big benefit to the fluid power industry is that the two coextruded layers can be made from different materials. Our customer could for instance, have Nylon 11 with all of its chemical resistance properties on the inside and then have abrasion resistant polyurethane on the outside." He went on to say, "You get the best attributes of both materials. The resulting tube resists kinking like urethane but you can run chemicals through the tube that require Nylon 11. Another plus is that like urethane, when it's coiled it has that snap-back quality that is so desirable."

Coextruded tubing is available from the company starting immediately. Because there are so many combinations of materials, diameters and colors, all coextruded tubes are manufactured on-demand, to the user's unique specifications. Call Freelin-Wade for more information.

Founded in 1980, Freelin-Wade is North America's largest independent manufacturer of plastic tubing and hoses for industries as diverse as pneumatics, dental and promotions. The company employs more than 100 people at its McMinnville, Oregon plant. Privately held Freelin-Wade is a subsidiary of Coilhose Pneumatics. Freelin-Wade tubing is always an exact fit and with a verifiable on-time delivery rate exceeding 99%, their customers know precisely when their order will arrive. Freelin-Wade is well connected.

Additional information regarding Freelin-Wade's coextruded tubing is available by downloading this PDF document: www.freelin-wade.com/documents/Coextrusion.pdf

Ron J. Miller Marketing Manager - Instigator Freelin-Wade 503-434-5561 ext. 257

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