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Novel Nanoplastic Compounding and Extrusion Solutions

SpecialChem / Jun 12, 2009

Many technological advances have been made in nanocomposites, enabling suppliers to target lucrative markets such as automotive and sports applications. Early applications have been motivated by cost savings relative to conventional glass- and talc-filled resins as nanomaterials weigh less, mold more easily on smaller presses, and process dramatically faster but industry experts caution that long-term nanocomposites growth will come not through cost savings, but rather from enhancing value. The industry however, is still besieged with technical problems such as ensuring optimal dispersion of nanoparticles in the resin. Additionally, one of the biggest challenges currently to nanocomposites growth is how to break the volume versus price conundrum. Recent highlights from the Nanocomposites Conference (San Diego) and the Advances in Extrusion Conference (New Orleans) highlighted emerging, novel nanoplastic processing technologies.

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