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RTP augments LFRT business

July 6, 2006

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RTP augments LFRT business

Compounder RTP Company (Winona, MN) has expanded its long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (LFRT) capacity at its headquarters site, as well as added key personnel, and broadened its product offerings. The facility has "substantially increased" the company''s LFRT capacity with the addition of multiple lines.

"RTP Company has shown its renewed focus by steering more resources toward LFRTs," says Steve Maki, VP of technology. "These additional resources will work to increase product and process development, as well as improve upon scale-up of new technologies."

In addition to the new facility in Winona, additional long-fiber lines have been established at several of RTP''s worldwide operations. Product and process development engineers, technical service support staff, and business development managers have been appointed globally to assist the company''s growing customer base of injection molders and OEMs using LFRTs. "Demand growth is being driven by structural metal to plastics conversion, particularly in the auto sector," says Joseph Kluck, VP of global sales.

"RTP Company realizes that it has an opportunity to bring the mechanical property advantages of long-fiber reinforcement to resin systems beyond polypropylene and nylon," says Karl Hoppe, product development engineer. "Not only do we have long-fiber products based on engineered resin systems like PBT, PPA, and PEEK, but we also have the ability to incorporate these LFRTs with other technologies, like flame retardance, wear resistance, or even conductivity."

In 2005, RTP introduced long-fiber concentrates with high glass loadings. Improved processability of the concentrates has now been achieved, allowing customers to incorporate this technology even more efficiently and realize improved economics. RTP has taken steps to proactively assist customers on site in their transition from compounds to concentrates. Additional long-fiber concentrate products include stainless steel concentrates available in a variety of resin systems.

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