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APPLICATION: Two Materials Boost Sustainability Of Electrical Installations

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Schneider Electric's new electrical installation boxes feature eco-conscious design enabled by two PolyOne materials.

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Two innovative materials from PolyOne Corp., Avon Lake, Ohio, are featured in Schneider Electric’s (U.S. office in Palatine, Ill.) new  Multiflix Air home electrical installation box. The airtight housings are molded from Maxxam FR non-halogenated flame retardant PP and overmolded with OnFlex non-halogenated flame retardant SBC- based TPE.

            The regulatory-compliant Maxxam compound has a lower density than traditional materials, which reduces material consumption and housing weight for greater production efficiency. The OnFlex TPE serves as an impermeable elastic membrane, reducing air leakage by 95 percent compared to standard electrical installation boxes, and leads to energy savings for Schneider’s customers, according to Loic Perret, global director at Schneider Electric. The company was recently ranked tenth by Corporate Knights, a Canadian media and investment research company, in its Global 100, a list of the most sustainable corporations in the world.

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