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General Polymers to Distribute Lotte Chemical Alabama's PP Compounds in North America

General Polymers’ distribution agreement with Lotte adds prime branded PP compounds to its arsenal of thermoplastics. 


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The nearly two-year old fast-growing North American resin distributor General Polymers Thermoplastic Materials, Clarkston, Mich., has further expanded its portfolio with a new distribution agreement with Lotte Chemical Alabama, Auburn Ala. Since the startup of its compounding facility in Alabama in 2012, the latter has become a market leading provider of prime branded PP compounds.

The Lotte Chemical portfolio includes short glass fiber reinforced PP (PP-SGF), mineral reinforced and TPO compounds. Moreover, the company’s Surpran long glass fiber reinforced PP (PP-LGF) is reportedly manufactured with a unique impregnation technique. Surpran is reinforced with fibers of the same length (6-25 mm) via a pultrusion process, and made into pellets for use in a range of injection molded products. Final molded products are said to contain randomly oriented fibers in a mesh-like behavior that proffer excellent mechanical properties, dimensional stability, as well as heat resistance. Grades of Surpran include glass reinforcement ranging from 20-to-60%.