Long-fiber compounds

GE Plastics (Exton, Pa.) has introduced LNP Verton Xtreme long-glass-fiber compounds, a new product platform designed to address the drawbacks of dry-blending colorants, flame retardants, additives and other modifiers in conventional long-fiber compounds. The company’s new compounds offer a one-pellet solution for

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GE Plastics (Exton, Pa.) has introduced LNP Verton Xtreme long-glass-fiber compounds, a new product platform designed to address the drawbacks of dry-blending colorants, flame retardants, additives and other modifiers in conventional long-fiber compounds. The company’s new compounds offer a one-pellet solution for color, flame retardance (FR) and weatherability. The material reportedly improves consistency, both batch-to-batch and within individual parts, by eliminating the need to blend two pellet types, which can lead to separation, settling and other quality-threatening complications. The compounds come in three grades: LNP Verton XC, designed for extreme coloration, is available in nylon base resins. LNP Verton XFR, formulated for extreme flame retardance, is available in polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) resins. LNP Verton XW, which features extreme weatherability, is based on GE’s Geloy resin, an amorphous terpolymer of acrylic-styrene-acrylonitrile (ASA). It will be available in the third quarter of 2007. According to the company, the new compounds can be processed using standard and gas-assisted injection molding, structural foam molding and injection-compression molding, and it can be extruded into profiles as well.