MATERIALS: Ultra Heat-Resistant ETFE for Wire & Cable

AGC Chemicals' new Fluon ETFE maintains performance at temperatures up to 392 F.

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An ultra heat-resistant fluoropolymer from AGC Chemicals Americas, Exton, Penn., formulated for industrial and automotive wire & cable insulation, as well as seat-heating cables,  is said to maintain performance characteristics at temperatures up to 392 F (200 C).

            New Fluon ETFE (ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene) C88AXMP-XT is said to meet the increasing demands on automotive cables that must be lightweight and able to maintain excellent performance when exposed to high underhood temperatures and aggressive oils and colorants. This material is also 20% less dense than fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), which reduces the amount of product required for applications. This grade’s high melt flow rate reportedly also provides fast, highly-efficient processing line speeds, and is also suitable for all wire size cross sections (0.3 sq. mm-10 sq. mm). Improved crack and abrasion resistance, enhanced mechanical strength are also claimed. AGC also offers a full range of compatible color masterbatches.