Asahi Kasei develops modified PPE expanded beads

Asahi Kasei develops modified PPE expanded beads

2:57 PM, 17th June 2011
Asahi Kasei develops modified PPE expanded beads

TOKYO, JAPAN: The beads feature high flame retardance and high heat resistance. This is the world’s first expanded beads achieving UL 94 V-0 rating. 

Asahi Kasei Chemicals has developed SunForce expanded modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) beads, the world’s first expanded beads to achieve the UL 94 V-0 rating, made possible by proprietary polymer technology and foaming technology. 

In addition to the characteristics of conventional foam, such as light weight and thermal insulation, SunForce provides dramatically improved flame retardance and heat resistance. These features of SunForce enable its use in a new range of applications for which foam was thought to be unsuited. As such, this groundbreaking new product is expected to usher in completely new markets for foam material, most notably in the electronics and automotive industries. 

With its UL 94 V-0 flame retardance and high heat resistance, as well as its characteristics as foam such as light weight, flexibility, and thermal insulation, SunForce holds great promise as a new material in electronics, automobiles and home fixtures. 

The company plans to being trial marketing of SunForce in October 2011 and full-scale production and sale are scheduled for fiscal 2012. The sales target for fiscal 2015 is ¥2 billion.

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