GUANGZHOU, China – PolyOne announced today at Chinaplas 2017 that COMPTEK™ blends based on polyetheretherketone (PEEK) are now available in Asia for multi-use medical devices, electrical connectors, and other demanding applications. These blends create parts that can withstand higher temperatures than standard PEEK, with better post-processing shrinkage control and improved colorability.
“The medical device manufacturing sector across Asia is growing quickly, and this region is also the clear leader in the manufacturing and export of electronics,” said Barto Du Plessis, vice president Asia, at PolyOne. “Making these PEEK-based blends available in Asia enables these customers to benefit from a standout material combined with our global support and expertise in polymer science.”
In late 2016, PolyOne acquired Germany’s COMPTEK, an innovator in formulating high-temperature polymers. PEEK-based blends developed by COMPTEK have a glass transition temperature (Tg) up to 40°C higher than standard PEEK formulations. This higher Tg frees manufacturers to design parts that can withstand greater operating temperatures and high-temperature sterilization without warping. The materials also accept color more readily than standard PEEK formulations, supporting the creativity and branding goals of designers.
Because these blends exhibit uniform shrinkage after molding, manufacturers can simplify injection mold construction while still meeting exacting tolerances for plug connectors and other components. In addition, compared to PEEK, the materials can be processed at lower temperatures to help manufacturers save energy during injection molding.
During the Chinaplas trade show this week in Guangzhou, PolyOne’s Science and Innovation Exhibition Area and Collaboration Café (Hall 11.3/R41) will offer visitors the opportunity for in-depth discussions on these and other advanced polymer solutions from PolyOne.
PolyOne Corporation, with 2016 revenues of $3.3 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe, by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises PledgeSM, PolyOne is committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles. For more information, visit www.polyone.com.
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