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MSC at JEC Europe 2013: Introduces EPIKOTEĀ™ Binder System 620 for Automotive Market

Published on 2013-03-13. Author : SpecialChem

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Automobile manufacturers are now better able to mass produce composite parts thanks to a new binder system introduced by Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. ("Momentive Specialty Chemicals", "MSC" or the "Company"). The EPIKOTE™ Binder System 620, introduced at the JEC Composites Show in Paris, enables mass production of automotive composite in hot-melt preforming processes.

EPIKOTE Binder System 620 is a one-component, cross-linkable powder binder that can be conveniently applied to carbon or glass fibers and fabrics as a powder using a hot-melt coating process line. In the softening temperature range between 80 - 90°C, the EPIKOTE Binder System 620 exhibits excellent application behavior and provides the fabric with very good workability and drape-ability.

Once the desired shape of preform is achieved, a short cure cycle above 120°C will initiate internal crosslinking of the binder. This higher-temperature fixation gives the preform the right stiffness for easy handling. It also ensures that the preform retains its dimensional stability even under demanding processes such as the high-pressure resin transfer molding (RTM) typical of automotive mass production processing of composite parts.

The EPIKOTE Binder System 620 is very compatible and complementary with the innovative fast-cure EPIKOTE/EPIKURE™ binder systems Momentive Specialty Chemicals has introduced for the Automotive Composite market. "Given the additional preform integrity provided by the cross-linkable binder, it is expected that process developers may be able to increase flow/mold fill rates of increasing complexity of preforms, further reducing the time needed for the RTM injection step," said Dr. Roman Hillermeier, technology development manager for the Company.

About the Company

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (formerly known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.) is the global leader in thermoset resins. Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. serves the global wood and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries. Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC.

About Momentive

Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC ("Momentive") is the ultimate parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. Momentive is a global leader in specialty chemicals and materials, with a broad range of advanced specialty products that help industrial and consumer companies support and improve everyday life. Its technology portfolio delivers tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of its customers around the world. Momentive was formed in October 2010 through the combination of entities that indirectly owned Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. The capital structures and legal entity structures of both Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (formerly known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.), and their respective subsidiaries and direct parent companies, remain separate. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. file separate financial and other reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Momentive is controlled by investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC.

Source: Momentive

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