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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.

Superior resistance, excellent flexibility & printability

Improved weatherability and UV resistance: superior resistance to yellowing

Consumer goods based on Flexible Acrylic Resins show a superior resistance to weatherability versus TPU.

Picture below shows the evolution of FAR and TPU-based parts after heat aging. The result with FAR is significantly better than with aromatic TPU, and even slightly better than aliphatic TPU.
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Mechanical Performance

The excellent mechanical performance demonstrates FAR’s ability to compete with other polymers over a wide range of operating temperatures.

Superior printability for enhanced aesthetics

In addition to long-term color uniformity, consumer goods based on Flexible Acrylic Resins show very good aesthetics. The unique properties of FAR deliver a beautiful printability with both waterborne and solvent-borne paints.

Best Clarity: ideal for transparent applications

The graphs show optical properties of FAR, with a Haze value below 1% and a TT above 93%. FAR is clear and transparent, making it ideal for all transparent applications.

Excellent Adhesion to substrate

FAR film or sheet offer differentiated surface properties. High resolution images can be printed with a variety of digital and screen printing devices. FAR film, sheet or article can also be painted with solvent, oil, or even water borne latex paints. In addition, FAR film or sheet facilitates excellent adhesion to a variety of polymeric substrates, including polycarbonate, ABS, and rigid and flexible PVC, etc.

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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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