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Compounds for long-glass fiber materials

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GE Plastics

GE Plastics (Exton, Pa.) has introduced a new product platform designed to help solve the drawbacks of dry-blending colorants, flame retardants, additives, and other effects in long-glass-fiber compounds. GE's LNP Verton Xtreme compound offers a one-pellet solution for color, flame retardance (FR), and weatherability. This material reportedly improves batch-to-batch consistency and within individual parts by eliminating the need to blend two pellet types, which can lead to separation, settling, and other quality issues. The compound comes in three grades: XC for extreme color, XFR for extreme flame retardance, and XW for extreme weatherability. LNP Verton XC is available in nylon base resins, while LNP Verton XFR is available in polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) resins. LNP Verton XW compound, is based on GE's Geloy resin, an amorphous terpolymer of acrylic-styrene-acrylonitrile (ASA). It will be available in Q3 2007. The compounds can be processed using standard and gas-assisted injection molding, structural foam molding and injection-compression molding, and can be extruded into profiles.