ERJ staff report (RD)
Heerlen, Netherlands - DSM Elastomers current development of its Keltan ACE (Advanced Catalysis Elastomers) technology is on schedule, the company announced 11 September.
â€œAll engineering activities have now been completed. With construction formally started after a ground breaking ceremony on 24 April 2008, we are on schedule for mechanical completion of the plant by the end of 2008, following a first Keltan ACE production run,â€ said Herman Dikland, business manager for Keltan ACE.
DSM said that Keltan ACE products will become available in early 2009, adding that, â€œoverall, these products offer an excellent value proposition, by opening new opportunities for cost-effective compounding of Keltan formulations that require peroxide curing.â€ The company also said that compounds can be loaded to a much higher extent while maintaining material properties, and that, â€œthe balance of physical properties and high temperature resistance can be markedly improved with this new class of Keltan products.â€
The new catalyst technology also allows the creation of so-called hyper-branched structures, the company claim, which, according to DSM, creates â€œhighly branched, high molecular weight polymer strands improve compound integrity under high-shear conditions (strain hardening), notably in polymer-rich formulations. This in turn offers improved product appearance at higher extrusion outputs.
The company said the new technology enables the production of a new class of Keltan products, DSM previously invested in the implementation of new catalyst technology last year at its existing EPDM (Ethylene-Propylene-Diene Monomer) facilities in Geleen, Netherlands.
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Press release from DSM Elastomers