Epoxy-Based Shed Material suits composite insulators.

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Semi-flexible, cycloaliphatic epoxy material Araldite® S-HCEP is designed for producing sheds on reinforced fiber-core composite insulators used in medium- to high-voltage outdoor power applications. It exhibits intrinsic hydrophobicity, hydrophobicity transfer, and recovery. Requiring no stirring, degassing, or pre-heating, erosion resistant epoxy has 1:1 mix ratio by volume, permitting meter-mixing on same type of equipment used for liquid silicone rubber.




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Araldite® S-HCEP System Provides Cost-Effective Solution for Outdoor Electrical Insulation



New hydrophobic epoxy-based shed material for composite insulators

THE WOODLANDS, Tex., July 1, 2008 - A semi-flexible, cycloaliphatic epoxy for producing sheds on reinforced fiber-core composite insulators used in medium- to high-voltage outdoor power applications is now available from Huntsman Advanced Materials. Known as Araldite® S-HCEP (Shed Hydrophobic Cycloaliphatic Epoxy) material, the new product exhibits intrinsic hydrophobicity, hydrophobicity transfer and recovery. It is designed to absorb the stresses that occur in composite insulators to increase durability. It is also formulated to provide good tracking and erosion resistance as well as good water diffusion breakdown strength.

In addition to outstanding performance, the cost-effective new product is easy to handle to reduce processing costs. The system has a convenient 1:1 mix ratio by volume, permitting meter-mixing on the same type of equipment used for liquid silicone rubber. The Araldite® S-HCEP system requires no stirring, degassing or pre-heating. In addition, the epoxy adheres well to composite rods without necessitating primer pre-treatment.

Araldite® S-HCEP material was developed after the market success of Huntsman's Araldite® HCEP (Hydrophobic Cycloaliphatic Epoxy) material in producing monolithic outdoor insulators. A rigid product, Araldite® HCEP material combines advantages of traditional epoxies with good hydrophobic properties.

For further information on Araldite® S-HCEP epoxy system, contact: Huntsman Advanced Materials Customer Service by calling 888-564-9318, or e-mail: advanced_materials@huntsman.com. In addition, please visit our website: huntsman.com/advanced materials.

About Huntsman:

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 13,000 employees and operates from multiple locations worldwide. The Company had 2007 revenues of over $10 billion.

For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at www.huntsman.com

CONTACTS:
Vaneese Bell
Huntsman Advanced Materials
281 719 4477

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