VELOX GmbH, one of Europe’s leading solutions providers of raw material specialties for the plastics, composites, additives, and paints & coatings industries, will exhibit at Plastpol from 22nd to 25th May 2018 in Kielce, Poland at booth 53, hall E. Co-exhibitor will be VELOX’ long-term partner Lubrizol. VELOX is intensifying its activities in Eastern Europe and Russia with a range of solutions especially adapted to the needs of the growing region.
“VELOX will present a broad offering of thermoplastics, polymers, additives and composites, as well as paints and coatings products designed for a wide range of applications”, says Guillaume Fromont, Product Manager Engineering Plastics. “In particular, the speciality thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) products from our principal Lubrizol, under globally recognised trade names including Estane®, Pearlthane™ and Pearlbond™ TPU are of great interest for injection moulding, extrusion, adhesive and compounding applications. These are valued for their durability and mechanical properties in hose and tube, cable and medical device end uses.”
One key focus of VELOX at Plastpol will be the cable market. The company offers specialised products for extrusion applications for different industries, e. g. the automotive industry, electronics, the energy sector and more. Especially the Estane® flame retardant (halogenated and halogen-free) TPU’s that are able to pass the norms FT-1 and FT-2 at low thickness as well as to fulfill the norm IEC 60332-1 or -2 will be highlighted by VELOX. “The cable market in Eastern Europe is steadily growing and we are pleased to be able to offer materials for a very broad range of applications”, says Guillaume Fromont.
VELOX has been present in Eastern Europe for more than 10 years and is strengthening its activities in these important markets even further. The company operates local offices and sales networks in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary, and has established its Russian office in Moscow just in April 2017. From here, VELOX also serves the markets in Belarus and Ukraine.
“We are looking forward to propelling our sales in Eastern Europe and Russia, which are important markets for plastics and composites”, comments François Minec, General Manager at VELOX. “Our local teams have an extensive experience in the chemical industry and a very good knowledge of the respective markets. We are looking forward to supporting our Eastern European customers with our high-quality solutions especially customised to their needs.”
VELOX to become European distributor of Solvay’s Ixef® PARA polyraylamide for medical applications.
VELOX GmbH, one of Europe’s leading solution providers of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, additives and paint & coatings industries, is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Solvay, a leading global supplier of specialty polymers, headquartered in Brussels. VELOX will be distributing the healthcare grades of Ixef® PARA, a special polyarylamide containing 50 % glass fibres and best-suited for the development of medical devices as single-use surgical tools.
“We are very pleased to have gained Solvay, a world-renowned company, as our partner and are looking forward to a very successful cooperation”, says François Minec, General Manager at VELOX. “With Ixef® PARA we have added a unique product to our medical plastics portfolio, complementing our already wide range of speciality products.”
“VELOX is very experienced in the medical and pharmaceutical plastics market in Europe and has established a versatile, sustainable network. We are full of trust in this partnership and are looking forward to it”, comments Daniel Stoecker, Channel Partners Manager EMEA, at Solvay.
Ixef® PARA is best-suited for the development of complex parts requiring both strength and a smooth, beautiful surface. Even with glass loadings of 50 %, the material insures a high-gloss, glass-free finish. As a very high-flow resin, Ixef® PARA can fill walls as thin as 0.5 mm. “This unique product has great mechanical properties perfect for metal replacement, for instance in single-use instruments”, highlights Anja Flossbach, Product Manager for Ixef® PARA at VELOX. Operators can thereby eliminate central service costs associated with the sterilization of reusable instruments. Further benefits are weight reduction and accordingly cost savings as well as a great level of design freedom.
Ixef® PARA is biocompatible according to ISO 10993. VELOX offers the material in different gamma stabilised colours.
® Ixef is a registered trademark of Solvay.
VELOX GmbH, one of Europe’s leading solution providers of raw material specialities for the plastics and composites industries, and its partner c-m-p gmbh , an expert in the development and manufacturing of customised carbon and other high-performance fiber prepregs and textiles, present a new hot-melt solvent-free prepreg impregnation technology. The technology adds value to automotive equipment manufacturers who look for more efficient and cost-effective solutions but is also best-suited for the sports equipment market. VELOX will provide the solution in Spain, France and Italy.
Hot-melt technology leads to fewer impurities in the resin which greatly enhances the prepreg performance and the final composite outlook. As no solvents are involved, this production method is more environment friendly and it is safer for handling by end prepreg users.
c-m-p has developed a broad range of resin systems to assist automotive equipment manufacturers and industrial markets in their quest for cost reduction and more efficient composites production.
Prepregs based on the resin system CP0031 are best suited for Out-of-autoclave (OOA) processes. Due to its flexibility this resin system performs well in the standard autoclave process but also in compression moulding applications. It is also best-suited for adjusted processing methods (e.g. with blow moulding). The resin is available:
• In different fibers based reinforcements (glass, aramid, carbon)
• In all reinforcement constructions (UD, MA, woven)
• As coloured resins
• As adjustable tack
The resin system CP012 has been developed specifically for Prepreg Compression Moulding processes. c-m-p makes use of specially formulated prepregs that are preformed and transferred to a conventional hot compression moulding press.
All industrial markets can benefit from the new c-m-p technology, from automotive components to traditional markets such as sports equipment.
VELOX GmbH, one of Europe’s leading solution providers of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, additives and paint & coatings industries, is offering a new, enhanced range of Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) for injection moulding- and film extrusion applications. VELOX’ long-term partner SK Chemicals (South Korea) has recently modified its bio-based ECOZEN co-polyester lines, significantly improving their transparency and performance. Especially the cosmetic packaging industry, the food as well as household and consumer goods markets will benefit from the new development.
“The new ECOZEN portfolio is further adding value to the needs of the cosmetic and packaging industries by providing a highly transparent, heat- as well as chemical resistant polymer”, comments François Minec, General Manager at VELOX. “The colour tone of the material has been drastically improved, having become perfectly suited for clear crystal- or glass-like applications.”
Besides, ECOZEN is an eco-friendly solution, containing an appropriate amount of bio-mass and is free of Bisphenol A. Further benefits of the material are easy processing, energy efficiency, high printability, excellent recyclability as well as impact strength.
VELOX provides the new range in nearly all European countries.
VELOX GmbH, one of Europe’s leading solution providers of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, additives and paint & coatings industries, is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Life Material Technologies Limited (Thailand), a well-known manufacturer of antimicrobial additives and treatments for the plastics, coatings and textile industries. VELOX will be exclusive distributor in the DACH, Benelux and Nordics regions.
Stefan Rokitta, Product Manager at VELOX, comments: “With this new partnership, VELOX is extending its existing antimicrobial portfolio and is able to address new target markets for compounding, extrusion and injection moulding applications. We are looking forward to a very successful cooperation with Life Material Technologies.”
VELOX will be offering organic and inorganic antimicrobial additives and tailor-made masterbatches for different polymer processing requirements. Key markets for LIFE™ antimicrobial product protection are home appliance goods, bathware products and textiles where effective elimination or killing of bacteria, fungi, algae and other microorganisms is of great importance. “LIFE has price-competitive solutions with regard to the currently increasing demand for antimicrobial technologies delivering not only reliable inhibition of bacteria and odour but also colour as well as temperature stability”, highlights Rokitta.
LIFE`s solutions comply with the European Union’s Biocidal Products Regulation (EU BPR 528/ 2012). Furthermore, free antimicrobial testing in accordance with ISO 22196 or JIS Z 2801 against bacteria and ISO 846 or ASTM G21 against fungi as well as testing in accordance with other special organisms are available upon request.
VELOX GmbH, one of Europe’s leading solution providers of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites and additives industries, will be exhibiting at JEC World 2018, taking place in Paris from 6 to 8 March (Pavilion 5, Booth E28). VELOX will be showcasing an extended speciality product portfolio.
The wide range of speciality composites and additives will include glass reinforcements for closed mould and pultrusion processes, dry carbon reinforcements, formulated epoxy resins and hardeners as well as bio-sourced epoxy resins, structural adhesives and more. The company offers composites solutions for the automotive, aerospace, sports and leisure industries and for industrial applications.
VELOX will be representing new as well as long-term partners like Ilium Composites, Chomarat, L&L Products, Atul, CMP, CTP Advanced Materials and Entropy Resins. Umicore - Cobalt & Specialty Materials will also be present at booth E28 of VELOX in Pavilion 5, presenting its product portfolio and discussing specific customer enquiries.
“JEC World has always been a key trade fair for us”, says Serge Gradys, Business Manager Composites at VELOX. “This year too, we are looking forward to the professional exchange with composites experts and interested parties, and are especially happy to discuss with them development opportunities and our new solutions.”
At the “CLARIANT Healthcare Solutions Color Design & Packaging Day” in Cambridge, VELOX presented what is at stake when it comes to the right material choice for the development of medical and pharmaceutical devices.
The use of polymers in medical devices has been growing steadily over the last years, replacing glass, metal and other conventional materials. However, when it comes to the right choice of polymer, some pains and pitfalls have to be taken into consideration. This was the topic of a presentation held by VELOX GmbH at the “CLARIANT Healthcare Solutions Color Design & Packaging Day” in Cambridge at the end of November.
“The development of medical and pharmaceutical devices takes time and money and is strictly regulated”, says Anja Flossbach, Mechanical Engineer and Business Development Manager, Medical Plastics, at VELOX. “Therefore, the right choice of material is crucial for developers to succeed when it comes to compliance regulations, certification processes and, most importantly, providing a high-quality product.”
There are at least five criteria that have to be evaluated thoroughly when selecting materials for specific medical or pharmaceutical applications. “On the one hand, of course, one has to consider the manufacturer’s design and application specifications”, continues Flossbach. “On the other hand, the material properties are key aspects to be scrutinised with regard to these specifications. And last but not least, pricing as well as regulatory and handling aspects are critical for the products’ successful realisation and market entry.”
Preventing colour change, melting and breakage
Housings for diagnostic and monitoring equipment for hospitals, for instance, often have to withstand highly aggressive and concentrated cleaning agents. This can cause stress cracking in the plastics. If they actually break, fluids can penetrate into the medical device, damaging the often expensive electronics. Hence, it is crucial to use the right material. “Upon examining the application specifications, we might introduce a PC/PET for hospital equipment, whereas PC/ABS or ABS could be considered for homecare devices, where less aggressive cleaning agents are typically used”, explains Flossbach.
Similarly, different polymers react differently when it comes to the sterilisation of medical devices. To avoid colour change or loss of mechanical properties in processes like steam sterilisation, materials have to be particularly resistant, notably to high temperatures.
The right TPU for medical implants
Another example are implantable materials. Many medical-grade polymer suppliers do not allow the implantation of their materials into the body or restrict it to particular time limits, typically 24 hours or 30 days. Nevertheless, there are material options for long-term implant applications (medical device classification 2a or higher). “Our partner Lubrizol does not restrict the use of their TPUs to 30 day implants. Device designers are free to select from a wide TPU portfolio the most suitable grades to be tested and considered for each specific application”, says VELOX’ medical plastics expert.
Medical compounds: what’s in them?
Regulatory approval of customised compounds is another issue that can be difficult to handle if the device manufacturer does not have full transparency on the compound. To ease these processes for our customers, VELOX’ partner IPC, who develops tailored compounds for medical applications, discloses compound formulae on the certificate of analysis.
VELOX’ recipe: cooperation from an early design stage
“To really add value for our customers and help them choose the right material for their specific application, we at VELOX focus on technical assistance and engineering support by working with our customers from a very early design stage”, highlights Flossbach. Over the last 25 years, VELOX’ medical plastics team has built up profound know-how and in-house expertise of specific materials, finishings, applications and market developments to meet the growing demand for comprehensive support. The company also provides regulatory support, documentation and comprehensive after-sales support, boasting partners such as Trinseo, IPC, Arkema, Lubrizol and Topas.
VELOX’ medical plastics experts will be at Pharmapack (Hall 7.1, Booth D64), taking place from 7 to 8 February 2018 in Paris.
VELOX and Ilium Composites announce new European distribution partnership
VELOX GmbH, a leading pan-European distributor of raw material specialities and solution provider for the plastics and composites industries, is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Ilium Composites, a manufacturer of unique and innovative glass reinforcements for closed mould and speciality applications.
In order to maximise market penetration and ensure first class service to all customers, Ilium recognised the need to collaborate with a partner that has a broad network, highly technical sales teams and a professional customer service reputation. Upon announcing the partnership, Colin Leatham-Locke, Ilium Composites Business Development Manager, commented, “We are delighted to join forces with VELOX, a company with a long and successful history in European distribution. This is a vital step in the growth of Ilium’s regional sales and it was a natural choice after meeting with the VELOX team. Both companies share a vison and culture which will ensure long term, mutual success and continued product innovation, in a market which demands the very highest levels of product quality and service”.
Ilium Composites develops and manufactures the advanced fibreglass reinforcements using a new and unique process technology that has been patented. One product range is dedicated to Closed Mould Processes (RTM, Light-RTM, Press), another range is devoted to the Pultrusion process. The specific reinforcements are being applied by customers in the transportation, construction, recreational and alternative energy industries.
VELOX will be providing the advanced fibreglass reinforcements across Europe, besides the DACH region and Spain.
“We are looking forward to a long and successful cooperation with Ilium Composites and are pleased to offer our customers in the different industries an even more expanded range of high-quality reinforcements”, says Serge Gradys, Business Unit Manager Composites at VELOX. “My special thanks go to Mr. Fabrice Defrance, European Commercial Manager at Ilium Composites, who put his trust in VELOX in the first place.”
VELOX GmbH, a leading pan-European distributor of raw material specialities and solution provider for the plastics, composites, rubber and paints & coatings industries, is now offering customers across Europe an exceptionally high-quality calcium carbonate (CaCO3) for use in adhesives and sealants, interior and exterior paints as well as plastic compounds. The material features extremely high purity and whiteness combined with high quality and homogeneity.
The natural calcium carbonate is extracted and refined at in-house plants by VELOX’s Croatian partner White Rock Minerals, one of the country’s leading exporters of mineral raw materials, holding approximately 350 million tonnes of reserves of this extremely white limestone.
“The calcite fillers offered by VELOX feature chemical purity of over 98 percent and, at a Ry value of >95.5, achieve a very high degree of whiteness”, says Marten Reimers, Product Manager CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers) at VELOX.
This results in numerous advantages for the different user groups. Calcium carbonate is the major extender in paints and coatings. Its fineness and grain size distribution can help improve the opacity of coating systems. “With minimum heavy metal and iron oxide content, CaCO3 is much in demand by manufacturers of high-grade emulsion paints as well as compounders who rely on top quality and wish to avoid troublesome impurities”, explains Reimers. “As iron oxide residues can cause efflorescence in plasterwork and façade paints, calcium carbonate’s purity ensures highly durable coatings.”
In plastics processing, calcium carbonate is by far the most important mineral. Thanks to a high level of whiteness, the CaCO3 fillers from VELOX help save on white pigments such as titanium dioxide that are not only expensive but also abrasive. “Limestone fillers are also softer and less crystalline than comparable marble powders, helping preserve machinery”, adds Reimers.
Other applications of calcium carbonate include rubber processing, carpet backings made of foamed latex, sealants and adhesives, glass production and composites.
As distributor of high-quality calcium carbonate, VELOX provides decentralised and flexible logistics across Europe, ensuring rapid deliveries. The product is shipped from strategically positioned handling centres, avoiding transport routes longer than 300 km. Bespoke solutions and consulting continue to be available for the various applications.
“We are delighted to be adding high-quality CaCO3 from our partner White Rock Minerals to our specialist portfolio. With 350 million tonnes of reserves, we are strategically well-positioned and ready for the future in view of the significant demand for this product from numerous sectors”, concludes Reimers.
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VELOX GmbH, a leading pan-European distributor of raw material specialities and solution provider for the plastics and composites industries, is delighted to announce the expansion of its distribution partnership with Low & Bonar. VELOX will be distributing Low & Bonar’s Enka®-Channel and Enka®-Fusion throughout Europe.
“We are delighted about this new distribution agreement”, says Serge Gradys, Business Unit Manager Composites at VELOX. “Low & Bonar is well-experienced in industrial composites and we have successfully worked together in the French market for many years. Now that we have expanded our cooperation on the distribution of the two Enka® products in Europe, VELOX will be offering its customers further unique high performance materials.”
Enka®-Channel is a flow feeder for resin infusion. It insures the optimal resin flow during the vacuum infusion process and causes less resin waste. It has a high compression resistance, is easy to cut and can be quickly fixed in the mould. Furthermore, it does not leave any imprints on the surface and junctions are easily possible.
Enka®-Fusion is a flow media for resin infusion. It outperforms traditional meshes in resin distribution and guarantees a quick and even resin distribution. Short infusion times, an optimal resin speed and reduced waste of resin are some of the beneficial characteristics of the Enka®-Fusion. Moreover, it is easily mouldable and very flexible.´
The main application fields of Enka®-Channel and Enka®-Fusion are the marine and wind industries, for example to produce wind turbine blades and catamarans. “Compared to spiral tubes the main advantages of the Enka® products are better homogeneity of the resin flow and less print through”, highlights Gradys.
VELOX is happy to provide more detailed information and samples upon request. Please contact our Composites team via email: email@example.com . From 8 to 9 November 2017, VELOX will also be present at the Composites Meetings in Nantes, France, where it will gladly answer any questions about the Enka® products.