Philadelphia, PA, July 27, 2007- Arkema has introduced a new, extremely flexible grade of Kynar®, called Kynar Ultraflex®B. The new Kynar Ultraflex® resin has a flexural modulus of 12,000 psi, making it over twenty times more flexible than standard PVDF homopolymers. The new product offers clarity, toughness, ready acceptance of pigment, radiation resistance, and weatherability making it suitable for flexible and kink-resistant tubing, tear-resistant films, flexible stock shapes, wire and cable jacketing, optical fiber jacketing, and gasket material. The new resin is easy to process and offers a large processing window due to its relatively low melting point as compared with most fluoropolymers. Kynar Ultraflex® B copolymer has the excellent resistance to acids, bases and ozone attack, expected from all Kynar resins. Kynar Ultraflex®B resin may be suitable resin for chemical, pharmaceutical, foods & beverage, and building & construction applications. Kynar Ultraflex® B is available as pellets for melt processing or as crumbs for solution processing. As an additive, Kynar Ultraflex® B toughens VF2-based fluoropolymers.
Kynar® PVDF is a performance polymer offering high chemical, abrasion and thermal resistance that is used in a multitude of applications including pipe, fittings, valves, cable ties, injection molded parts and coatings. Arkema produces Kynar® PVDF at its facilities in Calvert City, Kentucky and Pierre-Benite, France.
For more information, log on to kynarultraflex.com or contact Ramin Amin Sanayei at (610) 878-6561 or Richard Perrinaud at (215) 419-7408.
A world-class chemical concern, Arkema combines three strategically related, integrated businesses: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products. With operations in more than 40 countries and 17,000 employees, the company reported revenue of Euros5.7 billion. Leveraging six research centers in France, the United States and Japan and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in each of its principal markets.
Arkema is present in the United States through its subsidiary Arkema Inc., headquartered in Philadelphia. Arkema Inc. employs 2,500 people, operates 16 production facilities, and accounts for 25% of global revenues.
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