CINCINNATI, OH (March 2, 2016) – Visitors to Michelman’s booth N44, Hall 5 at the 2016 JEC World Composites Show being held March 8-10 in Paris, will learn about the company’s versatile line of fiber sizings and compounding additives used by composite OEMs and resin suppliers to make composites stronger, lighter and more durable. The company’s broad portfolio of products allow customers to tailor the surface chemistry of reinforcement fibers to the chemistry of the matrix resin and optimize the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and fibers.
Known primarily for its flagship brand, Hydrosize®, Michelman’s film forming dispersions optimize the surface chemistry of reinforcement fibers that are integral to high performance composites. The company’s diverse product range is optimized for a broad range of thermoplastic, and thermoset resins, including high temperature matrices. Hydrosize is applied during the manufacturing process of chopped or continuous strand fiberglass, carbon fiber, natural fibers and fillers, or post-applied when making non-wovens and composite pre-pregs.
Grades are specifically engineered for many thermoplastic resins including polypropylene and polyamide, as well as various thermoset resins such as epoxy and polyurethane. Through the development and use of proprietary technologies, Michelman also offers grades capable of performing in high temperature thermoplastics such as PPS and PEEK.
Michelman will also introduce visitors to Hydrosize® Connect, a new family of polymeric compounding additives designed to optimize fiber-resin matrix interfacial adhesion by targeting fiber surface chemistry. Added at the compounding stage, Hydrosize Connect improves wetting, adhesion, and impregnation of fiber in resin, resulting in higher performing composites.
According to Mr. Gilles LeMoigne, Global Marketing Manager, Industrial Manufacturing Group at Michelman, “We are excited to introduce show attendees to our very first grades of Hydrosize Connect and will continue to expand this exciting new family of compounding additives as part of our product development initiatives.”
Complementing Michelman’s fiber sizings and compounding additives are a selection of Hydrolube® processing aids to provide fiber protection during forming, processing and post processing, as well as slip resistance and lubricity.
Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets. The company’s surface modifiers, additives and polymers are used by leading manufacturers around the world to enhance performance attributes and add value in applications including wood and floor care products, metal and industrial coatings, paints, varnishes, inks, fibers and composites. Michelman is also well-known as an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings, as well as digital printing press primers that are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging and paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Michelman serves its customers with production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, product development and technical service centers in several major global markets, and a worldwide team of highly trained business development personnel.
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