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Flexible Acrylic Resin (FAR) is a versatile and unique multilayer structure that offers superior resistance to weatherability and good mechanical properties. It can help manufacturing superior consumer goods. FAR offers the best mechanical properties, alongside with superior resistance to weatherability and a best-in class clarity compared to TPU.

Flexible Acrylic Resin (FAR): A Multilayer Structure

A Versatile and Unique Multilayer Structure to consider vs TPU, PVC, PC

Flexible acrylic resin (FAR) is a versatile and unique multilayer structure. Converters and OEMs working in consumer goods, industrial applications, automotive/transportation, and even in certain medical components can consider FAR as an alternative material or in blends with TPU, PVC, PC, and even PMMA.

FAR can be injection molded, extruded or calendered. FAR film and sheet products offer excellent crease whitening resistance, UV/weather resistance, and superior color retention properties in outdoor environments.

In addition, due to the higher surface energy compared to PVC matrices, FAR film or sheet products possess outstanding printability and paintability, and good adhesion to a variety of plastic substrates. Plus, FAR offers excellent optical properties and can be formulated with haze as low as <1% for a 300 µm thick film.

FAR Product Grades

FAR is available in transparent, translucent and opaque grades. The FAR transparent grade FAR 21308-XP produces a flexible acrylic film with excellent optical properties. FAR 21309-XP and FAR 21520-XP can be used for film or sheet products offering a much lower Shore A hardness, and are suitable for applications that require soft hand feel or better compression properties.

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Case Studies from Flexible Acrylic Resin

Flexible Acrylic Resin/PVC Blends Reduce Use of Halogenated Flame Retardants and Plasticizers and Benefit from Excellent UV/Weathering Resistance

Due to market pressure to offer more environmentally friendly solutions, designers and specifiers want to reduce or even eliminate the use of polymers that contain halogenated flame retardants and/or plasticizers. One such polymer that frequently contains halogenated flame retardants or plasticizers is Polyvinylchloride (PVC). PVC is frequently used in fabrication of building & construction goods such as roof membranes, in automotive protective films, in flexible piping, and in consumer goods such as tool handles and decorative articles. While PVC offers the durability and flexibility required, the fact that it contains halogenated flame retardants/plasticizers makes it a likely target for replacement to meet environmental concerns. The challenge is to find a suitable material that will offer comparable properties and that is halogen-free.

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