A translucent capstock of an acrylic/ASA alloy with streaks of coloring coextruded over foamed wood-fi lled ABS profi les gives them depth of color like wood grain. Hughes Processing, La Mirada, Calif., offers the technology (U.S. Pat. Applic. # 2007-0154689) to licensees of its foamed styrenic composite technology. Sister company Extrutech International, Costa Mesa, Calif., builds the tools. Streaks are caused by opaque and translucent color concentrate particles, which melt at different rates, in the clear surface layer or substrate or both. The 20- to 35-mil cap layer also contains uv protection to prevent color fading. It can be embossed to prevent slipperiness in deck profi les. The fi rst licensee is Jet Plastics in Los Angeles, which will produce wood-like spa siding to be launched in the fourth quarter. The cap layer technology was developed by Hughes and one of its licensees using concentrates from Americhem Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Hughes: (949) 631-5540/www.hughesprocessing.com . Americhem: (800) 228-3476/www.americhem.com
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