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ALBIS PLASTIC expands its ALFATER XL® portfolio with a series of new polyamide adhesion modified TPV grades

Press Release   •   Oct 12, 2016 13:00 CEST

Hamburg, October 12, 2016. ALBIS PLASTIC GmbH is expanding its portfolio of thermoplastic elastomers by including polyamide adhesion modified ALFATER XL® compounds available in shore hardness A55, A70 and A85.

ALFATER XL® is a blend of a polypropylene matrix with a finely dispersed, fully cross-linked EPDM phase and belongs to the group of thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs). The material is resistant to weather, ozone, aqueous solutions, acids and alkaline media, and can be used in a wide temperature range (-40 °C to +130 °C). As its natural appearance is very light, the material can be easily colored – even with bright colors.

Numerous tests conducted together with the SKZ Würzburg have confirmed the excellent 2K adhesion to PA6 and PA66 of the new adhesion modified ALFATER XL® types. Peeling tests of ALFATER XL® with shore hardness A55 in accordance to VDI 2019 typically resulted in cohesive break of the ALFATER XL® TPV. This means that the adhesion to polyamide proved stronger than the inherent strength of the TPV. A further highlight is the good adhesion when using inserts (cold inlays).

The new ALFATER XL® types are perfectly suited for the manufacture of 'hard-soft' components in various sectors, such as the automotive and electric / electronic industries. In the automotive segment, thanks to its high temperature resistance, the material is also suitable for use in under the hood applications – e.g. seals, covers and cable ducts.

Given its low emission and low fogging properties the new ALFATER XL® series also meets the requirements for interior automotive parts and housing components. 

ALBIS PLASTIC profile in brief

ALBIS PLASTIC is one of the global operating companies in the distribution and compounding of technical thermoplastics. In addition to the product portfolio of well-known plastic manufacturers, ALBIS offers the plastic processing industry a diverse product range of high performance plastics, compound solutions and masterbatches. In the 2015 business year, the ALBIS Group, which has approximately 1050 employees, achieved sales of 905 million euros. With 19 foreign subsidiaries, the Hamburg-based company is represented in many European countries as well as in North Africa, the Far East and North America. ALBIS manufactures plastic compounds and masterbatches at three locations in Europe – Hamburg (Germany), Zülpich (Germany) and Manchester (United Kingdom), as well as in the production site at Changshu, China. For more information, please visit http://www.albis.com.

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