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Clariant’s New Masterbatches for FAKRA-compliant Colored Resins

Published on 2020-02-28. Author : SpecialChem

Clariant has introduced masterbatches for use in FAKRA high-speed data connectors for next-generation automobiles. The new masterbatches, available in 14 standard colors, are developed by Clariant in cooperation with major global polymer producers.

New Concentrates for Color Stability in High-temperature Plastics

UL-Yellow Card listed, change controlled, and globally available, the color concentrates ensure performance and color stability in high-temperature engineering plastics, including Nylon 66, polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and polyphenylene amides (PPA).

Peter Dufour, global segment head and business development for consumer electronics, electricals and electronics at Clariant masterbatches said, “When mixed with natural resin, these new masterbatches produce materials that not only meet FAKRA standards for color, mechanical properties, and melt flow, but also meet UL94 flammability resistance requirements without the use of halogens or Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs), either UL94 HB or V-0 rated.

The FAKRA-compliant Colored Resins Market

The market for FAKRA-compliant colored resins is in flux, with connector makers seeking reliable, color-stable supplies but in relatively low quantities. Molders are typically not yet able to commit to the large volumes that resin makers supply, especially in the initial stages of production or for the smaller colors’ production.

Clariant’s masterbatches are used in the color-stable ‘natural plus masterbatch’ resin mixes of any volume, with a range of high-temperature engineering polymers, and in any of the 14 FAKRA standard colors.

FAKRA Connectors for 2021 Model Cars

The FAKRA connectors will appear in 2021 model cars and poses a number of challenges. The connectors are color coded, so faithful reproduction of the standard hues is essential. They must be physically tough, electrical and fire safe. Additionally, they must tolerate thermal stresses of injection molding and lead-free hot-air reflow soldering during assembly and in the long-term mechanical and weathering stresses of under-hood, under-body, or outdoor automotive applications.

Source: Clariant
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