CAMX 2014 preview: Huber Engineered Materials

Huber Engineered Materials (HEM, Atlanta, Ga., USA) will feature its array of fire retardant additives, calcium carbonate extenders and cast polymer performance materials at CAMX 2014.

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Huber Engineered Materials (HEM, Atlanta, Ga., USA) will feature its array of fire retardant additives, calcium carbonate extenders and cast polymer performance materials at CAMX 2014. Huber's MoldX S45 optimized ATH (alumina trihydrate) is designed for fiberglass-reinforced polyester applications, allowing for lower viscosities versus Huber’s SB-432 ATH, and with loadings from 180 phr to as high as 240 phr. SB-432 is Huber’s long-standing “workhorse” ATH grade for epoxy and polyester composite applications.

Huber also is featuring Hubercarb W4 calcium carbonate, which is milled from a soft limestone source, fracturing into rounded morphology, as compared to the morphology of competitive marble products, which tend to be sharper and thus potentially destructive of fibers. This morphology results in better particle packing and prevention of glass breakage.  In addition, the ore deposit is naturally low in silica, a much harder and abrasive constituent that is detrimental to glass fiber. 

In cast polymers, Huber will debut several new colors of Granite Elite, a precision-formulated, ready-to-use mixture of alumina trihydrate (ATH) and pigmented polymer granules used to manufacture non-gelcoated solid surfaces and gelcoated cultured granite.  The new, dynamic and modern colors offered include Barn Owl, Camo Green, Champagne, Speckled Owl, Starry Night, Tortilla Chip and Walnut Toffee.  Also featured will be Marble Elite Alpha, which is manufactured from pure white marble and provides high brightness and a consistent blue white hue to the finished product. 

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