3B, a leading manufacturer of fibreglass products for the reinforcement of thermoplastics and thermosets, announced an innovative new chopped strand product aimed at helping OEMs, compounders and moulders expand the application of reinforced polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) compounds. The company's new DS 2200-13P chopped strand, made from Advantex™ boron-free E-glass, was launched in conjunction with the 2009 JEC Composites Show in Paris and offers a unique combination of properties that enable reinforced PP and PE to replace metal and other reinforced thermoplastics in applications such as automotive components and appliances that demand exceptional mechanical and aging performance.
The new DS 2200-13P chopped strand is said to provide critical performance benefits, including outstanding stiffness, excellent impact resistance, high density for optimal flow, and excellent dispersion capability for use in high (>50%) glass fibre loading PP compounds. Further, this product also offers exceptional hydrolytic performance, making it ideal for use in high-speed washers, dishwashers and other appliances with exposure to water and detergents. DS 2200-13P chopped strand is made with Advantex glass fibre which is performance-proven through long-term exposure to water and alkaline solutions. It also provides longer service life and larger safety coefficients for the same design, and material savings through reduction in sections and wall thickness.