Corbion is set to introduce its PATIONIC polymer additives to the Middle East market at ArabPlast 2017, where it will focus on expandable polystyrene (EPS) applications.
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If left untreated, expandable polystyrene beads can acquire static charges, leading to flowability problems and inhomogeneous mould filling. PATIONIC glycerol esters improve the processability of expandable polystyrene beads and are particularly well-suited to low density EPS products, due to the consistent distribution and very small size of the additive particles.
Acting as anti-static agent, PATIONIC 909 reduces agglomeration of expandable polystyrene beads, so that the screening process into various bead sizes is not hampered. In addition, PATIONIC 909 also contributes to uniform mould filling.
Corbion’s synthesis chemists and applications engineers work closely with expandable polystyrene producers to identify additional ways in which its high quality polymer additives can act as processing aids, saving time throughout the foaming process. For example, PATIONIC 909 and PATIONIC 919 help to facilitate cooling, making it quicker and easier to release the final block of expandable polystyrene from the mould.
"With an established supply chain, we are pleased to now be in a position to bring a new choice in polymer additives to the Middle East market," said Frederik Feddes, Vice-President Biochemicals at Corbion. "ArabPlast is a fantastic platform for us to meet with potential customers, and present the technical data we have available on the use of PATIONIC 909 as an anti-static agent for expandable polystyrene beads."
Glycerol esters are chemical combinations of glycerine and fatty acids and occur naturally as glycerol triesters. Corbion manufactures monoesters, triesters, and mixtures of mono/diesters with various degrees of saturation, to deliver optimum performance depending on the application.
Products in Corbion’s full PATIONIC portfolio are used as antistats, lubricants, acid/catalyst neutralisers, dispersants, mould release agents, processing aids and anti-fog agents and improve the processability of polymers in the polypropylene, polyethylene, PVC and engineering thermoplastics industries. With a variety of different product forms available, Corbion can provide bespoke solutions to meet the unique needs of its customers.
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