At K 2016 this week, polymer additives supplier Addivant (Danbury, CT) launched a comprehensive range of innovations targeted for a broad range of applications, such as high‐voltage wire and cable, impact modification for automotive, food packaging and low fog PUR foam. The new products are tailored to meet the polymer industry’s pursuit for enhanced productivity and performance, lower costs, and regulatory compliance in an increasingly complex and dynamic environment.
Addivant’s goal is to be the world’s fastest innovator and most reliable solution provider to the polymer and rubber markets.
“We have more than tripled our Vitality Index (sales of new products) and filed twice as many patents over the last three years, bringing new solutions to critical high‐end applications that demand new performance” stated John Steitz, President and CEO of Addivant.
For the wire and cable industry, Addivant highlighted three “Solutions to Breakthrough”: Lowinox Fast Xl which improves productivity and reliability for cross‐linked polyethylene power cables and two new Polybond coupling agents enabling HFFR (zero halogen) cable producers to achieve excellent mechanical properties sustainably.
The transportation segment is another innovation‐driven market, where changes in fuel standards, urban consumer expectations and new technology are changing the requirements for plastics and rubber. Addivant showcased new stabilization solutions for PUR foam which enable compliance with new car interior emission standards, and new Royaltuf nylon impact modifiers which provide super toughness for automotive interior and under the hood applications. Addivant also presented new formulated solutions, such as the Ultranox 800 series, which enhance polypropylene converters production efficiency and recycling capability driving immediate profitability gains.
In addition to these innovations, Addivant expressed its commitment to sustainability and reliability. The Weston 705 is rapidly becoming the industry phosphite antioxidant standard for polyolefins and rubber. Backed with food contact approvals in over 50 countries and thoroughly tested, it enables greater sustainability and performance for the entire packaging industry.
Serge Rogasik, VP & General Manager added, “As promised to our customers, Addivant continues to invest significantly to ensure maximum reliability and supply security. Over the last three years, we have increased our pace of investment in assets and regulatory on average by 40% every year.”
Recent investments include the tripling of capacity for Weston 705 at Morgantown, West Virgina; expansion of specialty additives in Catenoy, France, and capacity expansions at its joint ventures in the Middle East & South Korea. Besides assets, Addivant is making significant investments in global regulatory compliance and is committed to ensure that under generally increasing governmental regulatory scrutiny, all the solutions commercialized are compliant with the national legislations, including REACH, providing customers the peace of mind required in an increasingly complex world.