Arkema‚Äôs Clearstrength® XT100: Better Dispersion = Limited Impact on Viscosity

Gone are the days of being stuck with standard core-shell modifiers. No more will we have to suffer through a lack of toughness and increased viscosity. Arkema and Palmer Holland are proud to introduce Clearstrength® XT100. XT100 is a toughening agent designed to meet the most demanding technical requirements expected of thermoset applications such as structural adhesives and high performance composites.


Clearstrength® XT100 is an easily dispersible powder that provides outstanding viscosity control which translates to better application properties. For example, many composite materials made from an infusion process can see a significantly increased viscosity of the host system when introduced to other core shell impact modifiers. This effect is drastically reduced when using XT100 (see Fig. 1).


Fig. 1

 
Why use Clearstrength® XT100?

  • Easily dispersible powder in most liquid resin systems
  • Exhibits limited effect on liquid resin system viscosity
  • Provides outstanding toughening effect in a wide range of service temperatures
  • Increases toughness of thermoset systems
  • Replaces standard core-shell modifier powders as well as liquid masterbatches of pre-dispersed core-shell particles
  • Easily dispersed at very low shear rates
  • Best balance of properties. See Fig. 2 with XT100 in a methacrylate structural adhesive formulation


Fig. 2

 
Where should you use Clearstrength® XT100?

  • Thermoset systems such as structural adhesives and high performance composites. Most liquid resin systems such as methacrylate and epoxy resin.
  • In a wide range of applications such as building and construction, wind energy, bus and truck, marine, rail car, automotive, medical device, and sports equipment.

Click here to learn more about Clearstrength® XT100. Contact your Palmer Holland Account Manager for more information or request a sample



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A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €7.5 billion in 2016, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 50 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation. www.arkema.com

allnex Announces New Channel Partner Alliance With Palmer Holland

 

Cleveland, OH – Effective December 1, 2017 – allnex has appointed Palmer Holland as its Southeast region distributor for its Crosslinker and Radcure product lines. Adding to its existing footprint, Palmer Holland’s new territory will comprise all of the Midwest, Southeast, and East Coast regions.

allnex crosslinkers are used with epoxy, polyester, acrylic and alkyd resins and provide the desired balance of flexibility, exterior durability, chemical resistance and film toughness.


allnex is the pioneer in UV resin / Radcure technology and applications development. It is the world’s leading producer of complete solutions for energy-curable coatings and inks, driving market growth and end-user acceptance of this unique technology.


For more information, contact your Palmer Holland account manager or the Palmer Holland allnex Business Manager, Mike Johnson, at 724-554-5074 or mjohnson@palmerholland.com.


About allnex:
allnex, a global company with revenue of €2 billion, is a leading producer of coating resins and additives for architectural, industrial, protective, automotive and special purpose coatings and inks. The company is recognized as a specialty chemicals pioneer and offers an extensive range of products including innovative liquid resins and additives, radiation-cured and powder coating resins, and additives and crosslinkers for use on wood, metal, plastic, and other surfaces. allnex also supplies materials to the construction, composites and manufacturing markets.

North America Continues to Dominate Microspheres Market

 

Posted April 22, 2016 on http://www.ceramicindustry.com

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The global microspheres market is expected to reach $5.52 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5%, according to a recent report from Technavio. North America is the biggest market for microspheres, as the materials offer better process control and enhance the efficiency of operations. The U.S. is the top consumer of all types of microspheres products in North America. Though the market in North America is significant, it is still growing at a good pace because of the increase in demand of current and emerging applications such as construction composites, biotechnology, and medicine.


“North America accounts for about 43% of the global microspheres market,” said Chandrakumar Badala Jaganathan, lead analyst. “Construction composites hold the majority of the share in the North American microspheres market while the medical technology markets have been experiencing maximum growth.”


Europe accounted for about 29% of the global microspheres market in 2015. The microspheres market in Europe generated revenues of $970 million in 2015 and will likely reach $1.58 billion by 2020. 


The major applications of microspheres in Europe are in the manufacturing and medical industry. Germany is the leading country for microsphere consumption in Europe. The microspheres market in Russia is anticipated to experience high growth during the forecast period. 


The microspheres market is experiencing a boom, especially in India and other emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific market, due to massive spending on infrastructure and the flourishing manufacturing industry. The high demand is primarily for the development and modernization of infrastructure and in existing and emerging applications in the construction sectors. Technavio expects the demand from manufacturing and medical industries for microspheres in the emerging economies in Asia-Pacific to bode well for the market. Australia, China and India are the major revenue contributors to the market in APAC. 


The microspheres market is in its infancy stage in Central and South America. This region is experiencing high growth due to increased infrastructure spending and low base effect. Central and South America offer significant prospects for manufacturers establishing their manufacturing bases and sales offices because of the regions’ flourishing oil and gas industries. 


“Construction composites hold the majority of the share in the microspheres market in Africa, Central and South America, and the Middle East, while the medical technology markets have been experiencing maximum growth,” said Jaganathan. 


For more information, visit www.technavio.com

 

Arkema Expands Distributor Network for Plastic Additives

 
Arkema Coating Resins, a business unit of Arkema, announced today the addition of two new distributors for the company’s line of performance enhancing additives used in PVC compounds and engineering plastics. Palmer Holland Inc. and OMYA will be joining G.E. Chaplin Inc. as authorized distributors of these Arkema products worldwide.


“By expanding our distribution network, we can better meet growing demand for these products,” Michael Wurst, North American Market Manager for Arkema Coating Resins Plastics Additives, explained. “It also allows us to tap into the specialized strengths of our current and new distribution partners to provide the best possible service and products based on application and market needs.”


Palmer Holland will be responsible for Arkema plastic additives used in Engineering Resins, as well as Biostrength®plastic additives used in PLA compounds. OMYA will be responsible for additives used in PVC compounds for rigid and opaque applications. G.E. Chaplin Inc. will provide additives used in PVC compounds for flexible and calendered sheet applications, as well as transparent PVC applications.

Arkema manufactures products for these markets globally from its facilities in Mobile, AL and Visslingen, The Netherlands. The new distribution agreements begin on April 1, 2016 for OMYA and April 11, 2016 for Palmer Holland Inc.

 

For more information, visit www.additives-arkema.com.

 

Arkema Plastic Additves Brochure

 

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A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties, and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €7.7 billion in 2015, we employ approximately 19,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 50 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France, and Asia concentrate on bio-based products, new energies, solutions for electronics, potable water management, lightweight materials and 3D design materials, building performance and insulation. For the latest, visitwww.arkema.com.