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What's New in High Heat Appliance, Medical, Electronic & Auto Applications

SpecialChem / Sep 13, 2010

High-performance polymers, distinguished by their unmatched thermal, mechanical, and chemical, properties, take up the top position in the plastics performance pyramid. These materials have also been among the fastest-growing plastics product groups giving way to new applications driven by innovation, product development, and increasing performance requirements. Market interest in these materials is especially strong since they offer resin suppliers high margins at a time when the rest of the plastics industry is up against rising raw-material costs, declining profits and rigorous competition. These high heat, high performance polymers cover a wide range of materials from the well established high performance polyamides to the more recently developed polymers such as liquid crystal polymer (LCP), polyphenylene sulphide (PPS), polyetherimide (PEI), polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and thermoplastic polyimide (PI). These materials are valued not only for their temperature resistance but also their dimensional stability, strength, and chemical resistance in highly demanding applications. Key market segments for these high heat materials include appliances, medical, electronics and automotive.

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