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ADVANCED NYLON COMPOUND WITH FASTER CYCLES ENABLES MOLDERS OF FASTENERS AND RELATED PARTS TO BOOST CAPACITY

Faster Crystallization Rate of New Chemlon® 102HI BK001 Compound from Teknor Apex Is Key to Improving Productivity by Up to 9%

PAWTUCKET, RI, U.S.A., January 29, 2018: A next-generation polyamide 6,6 compound from Teknor Apex Company overcomes cycle-time limitations of earlier workhorse grades, enabling injection molders of fasteners and similar parts to meet the same product performance requirements while increasing productivity and plant capacity.

New Chemlon® 102HI BK001 is the first compound in what will be a new suite of nylon products for fastener applications. It provides the same performance properties as an established workhorse grade, Chemlon 104H, but in gate-freeze tests by Teknor Apex, Chemlon 102HI BK001 showed a 15% improvement versus industry benchmarks in achieving constant weight, and it did so without any impact to surface aesthetics during demolding.

In commercial-scale production by a customer using high-cavitation tooling, Chemlon 102HI BK001 demonstrated accelerated rates of crystallization. After long periods of runtime, the new material consistently out-performed competitive products. Some customers have reported up to a 9% increase in part production by switching over to the material, according to Brian Rickard, director of strategy and business development for the ETP Division of Teknor Apex.

“Many of our customers have been really tight on press time,” said Mr. Rickard. “This new product will allow them to open up additional capacity on their current equipment, either to run less overtime or to bring in-house jobs that had gone to contract molders. As a result, it provides our customers with a competitive cost advantage.”

Teknor Apex supplies Chemlon products globally and can develop custom formulations to meet specific customer requirements. A copy of the Chemlon 102HI BK001 data sheet can be downloaded at https://www.teknorapex.com/chemlon-102-hi-bk001-fast-cycle-nylon. Information about the company’s polyamide product lines is available at www.teknorapex.com/polyamides.

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About Teknor Apex. Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics. Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals, and garden hoses. The company is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A. and operates thirteen manufacturing facilities worldwide in the United States, Belgium, Germany, China, and Singapore. To learn more visit: www.teknorapex.com.

The Engineering Thermoplastics (ETP) Division of Teknor Apex Company is an international supplier of compounds for the transportation, consumer products, and industrial markets. It produces reinforced and specially modified compounds of polyamide 6, 66, 610, and 612 under the Chemlon® brand; exceptionally high-performance Creamid® and Duramid® polyamides; engineering-grade blends based on diverse resins; and specialized formulations for radiation crosslinking.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Europe and Americas: Tel: 1-401-725-8000. Tel. from U.S. only: 1-800-237-3167. E-mail: etp@teknorapex.com. Fax: 65-6265-1821. Email: etp@teknorapex.com.