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6/29/2009

Fiberglass chopped strand

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3B's DS 2200-13P chopped strand is designed to reinforce polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) compounds.

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3B (Battice, Belgium), a manufacturer of fibreglass products for the reinforcement of thermoplastics and thermosets, has introduced a new chopped strand product aimed at helping OEMs, compounders and molders expand the application of reinforced polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) compounds. 3B’s new DS 2200-13P chopped strand, made from Advantex boron-free E-glass, offers a combination of properties that enable reinforced PP and PE to replace metal and other reinforced thermoplastics in applications such as automotive components and appliances that demand exceptional mechanical and aging performance. The new chopped strand reportedly provides good stiffness, excellent impact resistance, high density for optimal flow, and excellent dispersion capability for use in high (>50 percent) glass fiber loading PP compounds. Further, this product also offers strong hydrolytic performance. Use of Advantex glass fiber is said to provide long service life and large safety coefficients for the same design, and material savings through reduction in sections and wall thickness. Cost benefits are another reported advantage of this product: DS 2200-13P chopped strand can be used with much lower levels of chemical coupling agents than competitive products without impacting mechanical performance.

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