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ELIX Polymers at VDI Plastics 2016: To Introduce ABS Plating Grades for Auto Parts

Published on 2016-02-26. Author : SpecialChem

TARRAGONA -- ELIX Polymers, among the leading manufacturers of ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) resins and derivatives in Europe with a 40-year track record, will introduce its ABS plating grades portfolio at the VDI “Plastics in Automotive Engineering” congress in Mannheim, Germany (March 9th and 10th). ELIX P2MC is considered by customers as the best in class in terms of its ability to adhere to metal; scrap rates of plated parts are reported to be lower than with any competing material after more than 15 years in production. Now the company is unveiling an upgraded version of P2MC as well as new ABS grades to complete the plating portfolio.

ABS Plated Auto Part
Fig. 1: ABS Plated Auto Part

Target applications for these electroplating grades include radiator grilles, logos, profiles, tailgate handles, and decorative interior parts.

Over the last three years, ELIX Polymers has dedicated some additional efforts and made important investments to strengthen its position in this select market. The result has been the development of innovative improvements in specific parts of polymer manufacturing in order to obtain the highest purity of ABS and a better surface quality in finished parts. Improvements to the rubber emulsion step and to SAN mass polymerization at the core of the manufacturing process for the ABS plating grade have led to an improved version of the P2MC material.

“Most of our galvano and electroplating customers have tested the material with very good results and have expressed their satisfaction,” says Toni Prunera, Head of Quality and Business Development. “One of the leading licensors of plating technologies has tested the material, validated it and is now recommending it to our customers.”

ELIX Polymers at VDI Plastics 2016: To Introduce ABS Plating Grades for Auto Parts
Fig. 2: ELIX Polymers at VDI Plastics 2016: To Introduce ABS Plating Grades for Auto Parts

ELIX Polymers has also developed two more electroplating grades. A high heat version, of the flagship ABS grade, HH P2MC, together with a platable ABS/polycarbonate (ABS/PC) blend, Ultra HH4115PG, complete the company’s plating portfolio.

All grades in the portfolio have special material formulations dedicated to electroplating process requirements, ensuring high quality for class A surfaces. “An intensive control and selection of raw materials is in place,” says Toni Prunera.

The new HH P2MC grade has similar behavior to the original P2MC in terms of processability and properties, but its heat deflection temperature (HDT) is several degrees higher, at around 104°C (see diagram). In addition, the material has several other advantages over other platable high heat grades in the market, such as compliance with automotive low emission requirements.

For applications where even higher temperature resistance or impact strength is required, platable ABS/PC grades provide a solution. ELIX has therefore developed Ultra HH4115PG, an ABS modified with PC with very competitive advantages over PC-ABS grades (PC modified with ABS) in terms of processability, lightweighting and costs. Adherence of the metal phase is also one of its strong points.
With all these new developments, ELIX Polymers is now positioned as the only thermoplastic producer that can offer a complete portfolio of ABS and ABS/PC materials capable of being metallized by electroplating, suitable for all market needs.

About ELIX Polymers

ELIX Polymers is among the leading manufacturers of ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) resins and derivatives in Europe.

Operating from its head office in Tarragona, Spain, and with Sales support teams in all key markets, the company is among the specialist providers of tailor-made solutions for high quality thermoplastics applications. With a 40-year track record, ELIX Polymers is an expert in ABS polymers, and it has the resources, the expertise and the experience to create value for its customers through highly individual solutions.

ELIX Polymers offers a broad range of material solutions for a variety of industries and applications, meeting the stringent requirements of the Healthcare, Automotive, Appliances, Electronic, Toys and other industries.

Source: ELIX Polymers

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