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Additives in the North American electrical and electronics market

SpecialChem / Oct 30, 2002

Plastics going into the electrical and electronics (E&E) market are used in a variety of applications, including wire and cable, connectors, electronic housings and packaging for electronic components. Additives such as stabilizers, colorants, flame retardants and conductive materials are key to meeting demanding performance requirements for plastics in these applications. Jennifer Markarian reports for Plastics Additives & Compounding on some of the trends in North America in this key market. Electrical and electronic applications have an increasing need for consistent, well-dispersed products and high purity products with low migration, note industry experts. The industry is continually looking for higher temperature resistant products, whether that means a change in the type of polymer used or using additives to improve the thermal characteristics of a polymer, according to Roger Avakian, chief technology officer at PolyOne Corporation, a custom compounder based in Avon Lake, Ohio.

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