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New tin stabilizer helps trim pipe, profile extrusion costs

Plastics and additives supplier Arkema says Thermolite 140 tin stabilizer, its newest addition to the established Thermolite family of heat stabilizers, can help processors take a healthy 10-20% off the cost of over-engineered pipe, siding, and other rigid PVC products.

That figure comes courtesy of the supplier’s Kimberly Litz, functional additives’ sales and market manager, in an answer to emailed questions from MPW. “The cost savings come from the fact that T-140 can be used a similar loading levels to these higher cost products with similar performance. The cost savings have ranged from 10-20% where T-140 is employed,” she says.

The new material already is listed in the Plastic Pipe Institute (PPI) range formula and, says the supplier, offers heat resistance in pipes produced for use in warmer climates and has shown no discoloration during storage in high temperatures. Thermolite 140 tin stabilizer can be used in nearly all pipe/conduit applications at similar use levels as higher-tin, higher-priced stabilizers, reports Arkema. Matt Defosse

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