The Universal Selection Source: Polymer Additives

How to select raw materials smarter and faster for your Plastics formulations? Renowned experts in the field have designed these Selection Guides to assist you further in your selection according to your applications. In this section, we also provide you with Technology Profiles, states of the art of the main raw materials used in Polymers formulations.

Technology Profile

Light Stabilizers and Antioxidants for Polyamides

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

Degradation is an undesirable process in the majority of polymeric applications.  It generally leads to changes in the chemical and physical structure of the polymer resulting in the loss of many useful properties, such as molecular weight, mechanical strength, impact resistance and color.  UV degradation of polyamides can negatively affect impact resistance, elongation at break, gloss and color.  By incorporating weathering stabilizers, the occurrence of such damages can slow down considerably.  This selection guide will let you explore different light stabilizers used for polyamides.  You will also get acquainted with light stabilization of aliphatic and aromatic polyamides and starting point formulations of different Polyamide grades.

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UV Stabilizers for Polyethylene

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

This guide will help you select the right UV Stabilizer for your polyethylene applications, should you work with HDPE tapes, HDPE Injection molding grades, LDPE Blown Films or LLDPE. It also includes polyethylene starting point formulations and detailed description on the action of HALS and various UV Stabilizers like benzophenones and benzotriazoles.

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UV Stabilizers for PVC

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

Being the polymer of choice PVC undergoes rigorous chemical and physical modifications, when they are exposed for a long time to natural weathering. This calls for their stabilization with UV stabilizers. This selection guide will help you select UV stabilizers for various classes of PVC used in polymer industry. It would also inform about their starting point formulations and end market applications that PVC has to its name.

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Select Antioxidant Stabilizers for Polypropylene

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

This selection guide is designed to help you select Antioxidant Stabilizers for Polypropylene (PP). It would assist you in getting familiar with Polypropylene, processing stability of polypropylene extrusion and molding grades, long term thermal stability of Polypropylene molding and extrusion grades and processing stability of polypropylene fibers. It also provides starting point formulations for PP molded grade and Polypropylene Fiber grade.

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Techno Brief: Pigments for Plastics

By SpecialChem

Explore the detailed information on different families of pigments and colorants for the plastics industry (organic, inorganic, carbon black...) along with their key features, performance properties and processing solutions. Also, get to know the regulatory compliance on these pigments when used in food packaging, toys, consumer goods…

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UV Stabilizers for Polypropylene

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

This guide will help you select the right UV Stabilizer for your polypropylene applications, should you work with PP tapes, PP fibers or PP Thick Sections. It also includes polypropylene starting point formulations and detailed description on the action of HALS and various UV Stabilizers like benzoates,benzophenones,benzotriazoles ...

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UV Stabilizers for Styrenic Polymers

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

This guide will help you select the right UV Stabilizer for your Styrenic Polymers applications, should you work with Crystal PS, High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS), Styrene acrylonitrile copolymers (SAN) or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Graft Copolymers (ABS). It also includes styrenic polymers starting point formulations and detailed description on the action of HALS and various UV Stabilizers like benzophenones and benzotriazoles.

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UV Stabilizers for Polyurethane

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

This selection guide mainly focuses on UV stabilizers for Polyurethane. You will be able to select the right UV Stabilizer for aromatic & aliphatic TPU, Polyurethane Reaction Injection Molded Foam, Polyurethane fibers and adhesives & sealants. This selection guide will also acquaint you with polyurethane processing and the possible applications of polyurethane.

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Select Antioxidant Stabilizers for Polyethylene

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

Find out the basics of antioxidant stabilizers used in polyethylene in this selection guide. It would help you select the ideal AO stabilizers should you work with polyethylenes. Mentioned for you are production process of polyethylenes, viscosity of polyethylenes, antioxidant stabilizers for high density polyethylene (HDPE), Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) processing stability of HDPE, long term thermal stability of HDPE, Starting point formulations for different HDPE & LLDPE grades and much more.

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Selecting Plasticizers for Polymers

By Paul Daniels

Plasticizers are the most common additives used in the plastic industry. Learn how to select the right plasticizer from the main chemical classes of plasticizers: phthalates, benzoates, adipates etc. Read on and explore more about plasticizers, different plasticization methods, various chemical types, their applications, benefits, limitations, regulatory updates & more.

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