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NEW LOW-SMOKE, FLAME-RETARDANT TPE COMPOUND PROVIDES HALOGEN-FREE ALTERNATIVE FOR FLEXIBLE CORDS AND APPLIANCE WIRE

Based on Polymer Chemistry Unlike Polyolefins Found in Existing HFFR Products, Halguard® E 59001 Compound Provides Enhanced Performance

PAWTUCKET, RI, U.S.A., September 3, 2013: A new low-smoke, flame-retardant thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compound enables manufacturers of power and other flexible cords for appliances and consumer electronics to produce non-PVC insulation and jacketing that does not contain phthalate plasticizers or halogen additives, it was announced today by Teknor Apex Company.

Halguard® E 59001 halogen-free, flame-retardant (HFFR) compound is designed for flexible cords that meet UL 62 requirements and for appliance wire that complies with UL 758. In addition to appliance wire, potential uses include power cords for computers, HDMI cables for televisions, wiring for device chargers and USB connectors, and other electronics applications.

The new compound enables cables to meet the requirements of UL VW-1 and Cable flame tests as well as the IEC 61034 smoke test. When tested in accordance with UL 1581, Halguard E 59001 meets deformation and heat shock requirements at 150 ºC, compared to 121 ºC for PVC. As a TPE-based formulation, Halguard E 59001 is inherently elastic, eliminating need for plasticizer. Typical properties appear in the accompanying table.

“Halguard E 59001 is based on proprietary polymer chemistry that yields a better balance of properties than standard HFFR cable compounds based on polyolefins,” said Mike Patel, industry manager for Teknor Apex. “At the same time, our new compound exhibits mechanical and electrical performance comparable to that of PVC while meeting the needs of wire and cable manufacturers who require an alternative to halogenated, plasticized materials.”

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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.