Product designers looking for a material that fills the gap between the basic properties of high-end polyolefins and the stronger performance characteristics and attributes of engineered plastics have a new alloy to work with Noryl PPX resin from GE Plastics.
Developed by the Noryl resin team, Noryl PPX resin combines previously incompatible particles of polyphenylene ether (PPO resin) with a base polypropylene using a new patent-pending technology.
GE Plastics says that it can be used as a replacement for traditional materials such as TPO, nylon and steel due to its high stiffness, toughness and heat resistance.
‘Prior to this development, design engineers requiring a wide range of moduli, toughness and temperature extremes had to play a balancing act, sacrificing one material attribute for another,’ said Keith DuPont, product manager, Noryl resin business.’
‘Noryl PPX’s new family of alloy resins can give them more design freedom without sacrificing these critical benefits for applications such as automotive bumper fascias and front end modules, food trays, fluid handling parts and power tools. This product fills the gap between high-end polyolefins and engineered plastics,’ he added.
The Noryl PPX portfolio presently includes four commercial grades, featuring two unfilled and two filled grades. Additional Noryl PPX grades are in development and are expected to be available shortly for sampling.