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Sekisui Plastics at NPE2015: To Unveil Styrenic-based Moldable Foam Resin for Auto & more

Published on 2015-01-26. Author : SpecialChem

MT. PLEASANT, TN, USA -- Sekisui Plastics USA, a subsidiary of Sekisui Plastics Company, Ltd., a global manufacturing company headquartered in Osaka, Japan, will be exhibiting at NPE2015 (March 23-27, Orlando, Florida). Located at Booth #S20156, Sekisui will showcase products based on the company’s unique processing and polymerization technologies for the automotive, industrial, consumer and cosmetics markets. Specializing in plastics products that add value to customers and communities worldwide, the exhibit’s goal is help customers learn how Sekisui can be a partner for a better future in today’s highly competitive environment.

A major focus of the exhibit will be the introduction of new grades of Piocelan® moldable foam resin, a hybrid of styrenic and olefin components. Used in automotive components for energy absorption and weight reduction, the new grades offer improved properties including heat resistance, fire retardancy and strength. The foam is also used as a safe and effective packing material for transporting automotive components, IT equipment and home electronics. “We use a proprietary polymer hybrid technology to add polyolefin characteristics to the foam which significantly improves the shock resistance, chemical resistance and abrasion resistance previously regarded as weak point of EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam,” said Thomas Pontiff, Vice President of Sekisui Plastics USA. “A major feature of the foam is its ability to be easily molded into shapes using conventional EPS molding equipment. Shapes can be freely designed to match the shapes of materials, parts and packed contents.”

Sekisui will also showcase new grades of Techpolymer® microspheres, spherical fine polymer particles produced through a proprietary polymerization technology. “The new grades will provide extremely efficient light diffusion and transmission allowing energy savings and fine detail in lighting and displays,” said Pontiff. Techpolymer microspheres can be used for a variety of applications including providing transparent plastic parts with light diffusion properties, providing inks and pigments with de-lustering and scratch resistance properties, and for making cosmetics smoother. “When used in paint, for example,” said Pontiff, “Techpolymer microspheres provide a coating film with a mat finish and scratch resistance. In cosmetics, the microspheres enhance product functions with its excellent lubrication, better touch and light diffusion effects. And, for optical use, the material provides superior light transmittance and diffusion to acrylic, PET (polyethylene terephthalate), and polycarbonate resins making LCDs for personal computers and televisions brighter and easier to see.”

Sekisui will also be highlighting several developmental product technologies such as nylon resin foam that exhibits excellent high and low temperature resistance and it is easily formable into complex shapes; elastomer resin bead foam that is extremely resilient with very low compression set and high flexibility and heat resistant acrylic and polyester foams that are easily formed or machined into complex shapes useful as core materials for carbon fiber composites.

About Sekisui Plastics USA


Sekisui Plastics USA, Inc. is a diversified supplier and manufacturer of a range of products based on various plastics technologies. In the Americas, Sekisui Plastics produces and molds Piocelan® hybrid moldable foam resin. Products designed and molded include: automotive parts for safety, energy absorption and light-weighting; parts and cushions used in child safety seats, packaging of consumer electronics and packaging for transport of automotive and other parts. In addition, the company also manufactures and sells Techpolymer® polymer micro-beads used in cosmetics, lighting and coating fields, and ST Gel® hydrogel used in various medical, industrial, and cosmetics applications. Sekisui Plastics USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Sekisui Plastics Company, Ltd., a 55-year-old plastics manufacturing company headquartered in Osaka, Japan.

Source: Sekisui Plastics


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