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TEKNOR APEX DEVELOPS TWO DIFFERENT VINYL ELASTOMER COMPOUNDS FOR CHALLENGING CABLE-JACKETING APPLICATIONS IN WIND TURBINES

Nacelle and blades of wind turbine

PAWTUCKET, RI, U.S.A., March 14, 2011: Two high-performance vinyl jacketing compounds from Teknor Apex Company withstand the harsh cold, exposure to lubricants, and other challenging conditions encountered by control and power cables within the nacelles high atop wind turbine towers, the company announced today. The Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex will introduce the products at Interwire 2011 (Booth 312).

Drawing on its expertise in compounding elastomeric materials, Teknor Apex has taken two different approaches to meeting the rigorous requirements of wind turbine applications:

● Flexalloy® 9609-80 is an 80 Shore A PVC-based elastomer that provides superior long-term UV resistance. It exhibits a brittle point of -60 ºC.

● Apex® N-56001 is a 76 Shore A blend of PVC and nitrile rubber that provides superior long-term low-temperature flexibility and oil resistance. It exhibits a brittle point of -54 ºC.

Besides exceeding application standards for impact resistance at temperatures down to -40 ºC, both compounds pass required tests for UV resistance, 60-day oil aging at 75 ºC, and flammability performance as specified in UL 1685-F4. The two compounds are rated at 105 ºC for maximum continuous operating temperature.

“Teknor Apex has developed Flexalloy 9609-80 and Apex N-56001 to provide cable manufacturers with different options for meeting application requirements,” said industry manager Mike Patel. “Both products are high-performance alternatives to the standard flexible vinyl compounds used in cable jacketing and are particularly valuable for their cold-impact and oil-resistance properties.”

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The VINYL DIVISION of Teknor Apex Company is a leading manufacturer of compounds based on PVC, including Apex flexible and rigid vinyl, Flexalloy vinyl elastomers, and Fireguard low-flame, low-smoke compounds for wire and cable. Headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A., the Division is an international supplier to the appliance, automotive, construction, medical device, wire and cable, and other industries. Parent company Teknor Apex operates manufacturing facilities around the world and sells in 90 countries. Six of the eight Teknor Apex business units focus on plastics compounding, including bioplastics; color concentrates; nylon; thermoplastic elastomers; toll and specialty compounds; and vinyl. Visit www.teknorapex.com.

READER INQUIRY INFORMATION: Address all mail inquiries to Teknor Apex, 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861 U.S.A. Tel: 1-401-725-8000. Tel. from U.S. only: 1-800-554-9892. Fax: 1-401-729-0166. E-mail: vinyl@teknorapex.com.