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CVC Thermoset Specialties Expands Capacity at Akron RLP Facility

Published on 2010-11-12. Author : SpecialChem

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH -- CVC Thermoset Specialties, an Emerald Performance Materials Company, is expanding the Akron, Ohio facility where the Hypro™ Reactive Liquid Polymers (RLPs) are manufactured. The company has undertaken this investment in its infrastructure in response to growing double-digit global demand for its Hypro™ RLPs and HyPox™ R series products, which are specialty epoxy materials modified using CTBN RLPs.

Hypro™ Reactive Liquid Polymers

"We see great opportunity for our RLP platform," said John Cech, president of CVC Thermoset Specialties division. "Growing demand for CVC's technology has been fueled by the increased use of adhesives and composites in more demanding end-use applications as formulators and OEMs seek to replace heavier metals with lighter-weight, corrosion-resistant materials. The new reactor at Akron enables us to keep pace with customer demand and positions us to further expand the range of our product offerings in the future. "

Incorporation of CVC RLPs into thermoset resin formulations can address challenging performance requirements in applications such as structural adhesives, composites, protective coatings and electronic components by enhancing impact strength, thermal shock properties, peel strength, low temperature shear strength and crack resistance, as well as long-term durability.

"The base RLP technology was originally developed by one of our predecessor companies, BFGoodrich, about 40 years ago," added Cech. "However, we have continued to stay abreast of current needs in the marketplace and develop new product and application expertise that provides value for today's more demanding end-uses." The 100-percent liquid polymers based on butadiene and acrylonitrile, have functional end-groups which provide formulators with a wide range of final product options. Functional groups including carboxyl, amine, methacrylate vinyl, and epoxy enable the RLPs to react into a variety of polymer systems, such as epoxy, UPE, acrylic, polyamide, plastisol and vinyl esters.

In addition to the expansion of its infrastructure, the company recently announced the expansion of this product platform with the launch of novel glycidyl ester based epoxy terminated RLPs. These unique products are epoxy functional elastomers that are Epichlorohydrin modified CTB and CTBNs. They are solvent and resin free and provide higher Tg, peel strength and lower viscosity in formulations than traditional epoxy adducts.

About CVC Thermoset Specialties

CVC Thermoset Specialties is a leading producer of specialty epoxy resins, elastomer modified epoxy resins, reactive liquid polymers, epoxy functional monomers and modifiers, catalysts and accelerators. CVC products are sold worldwide and are integral components of coatings, adhesives, electrical potting compounds, encapsulants and composites.

CVC Thermoset Specialties is an Emerald Performance Materials Company. Emerald produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications. Its products play a variety of roles in the products that are consumed and used every day, enabling them to last longer, look, smell, taste or perform better. Emerald products are used in aerospace, food, beverages, cosmetics, toothpaste, household products, paint, tires, automobiles, sports gear and many other applications. Headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Emerald has four business units, six operations and approximately 600 employees.

Source:CVC Thermoset Specialties

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