In a move that is aimed at developing novel, higher-strength PC resins reinforced with “glass wool”, Covestro, Pittsburgh, Penn., has entered into a collaborative agreement with Japan’s Nanodax Co., Ltd, which has developed a special process for the manufacture of such materials.
It appears that Nanodax’s new technology offers an advantageous alternative to glass fibers as reinforcing agents in plastics. The glass wool boasts both a smaller diameter and greater flexibility compared to glass fibers. Both companies see good prospects for future use of such new reinforced PC resins in automotive, IT and electronics applications.
Says Michael Schmidt, Covestro’s head of business development for polycarbonates Asia Pacific, “Our development cooperation is targeting diverse application areas for polycarbonates reinforced with glass wool, and will open up new prospects for both companies. In particular, we are aiming at advantages in surface appearance and material processing. Cost reductions for customers are expected through an optimized injection molding manufacturing process.”
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