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Fully in line with the company’s strategic vision for sustainability, 3B-the fibreglass company is launching a new and eco-responsible Milled Fibre powder grade developed from Advantex® glass manufacturing by-products.
“The new grade, MF 01 ER (Eco-Responsible), which is commercially available worldwide, is the first product in a new generation of 3B Milled Fibres made of Advantex® glass valorising material from the glass fibre manufacturing chain,” explains Eric Martin, Business Development Leader at 3B. “This illustrates our continuous and dedicated commitment to sustainability and to the reduction of our environmental footprint while developing additional, innovative and value-added reinforcement products for our customers.”
Designed to close the gap in terms of the cost-performance ratio, which exists between mineral fillers and standard glass reinforcements, the new Milled Fibre grade positively complements3B’s robust portfolio of chopped strands.
3B’s MF 01 ER Milled Fibre powder grade has very good dry flow characteristics and dispersion, provides attractive high modulus, excellent dimensional stability and part shrinkage control and can be used in a diverse range of polymers for a variety of end-use applications, mainly in the electrical and electronic, automotive and consumer goods markets.
Eric Martin adds: “The combined reinforcement and flammability performance proven in some complex thin-wall electrical and electronics (E&E) applications opens up fresh opportunities for this new product.”
Although designed primarily to reinforce both engineering thermoplastics and thermosets, the unique set of properties of the new MF 01 ER Milled Fibre powder grade made of Advantex® glass makes it very interesting for a wide range of applications beyond the plastics industry, such as adhesives, paints, coatings and silicones.
Comparison of typical performance improvements (in %) of new Advantex® glass MF01ER milled fibre vs. mineral filler in a lubricated PA6 compound with 20% filler loading.
About 3B-the fibreglass company
3B-the fibreglass company is a leading developer and supplier of fibreglass products and technologies for the reinforcement of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers. This dynamic and entrepreneurial company has two state-of-the-art fibreglass manufacturing facilities in Battice, Belgium and Birkeland, Norway as well as a dedicated R&D Centre located in the heart of Europe. 3B’s ambition is to be the thermoplastic reinforcement global leader, the wind energy solution provider and the business development partner for innovative composite applications. This growth agenda builds upon three strategic drivers that are sustainability, technological innovation and a global presence to most effectively service our international customers.
The company operates two unique eco-responsible and high performance glass technologies manufacturing Advantex® glass and HiPer-tex™. These two well established brands combine durability with eco-responsibility and versatility, making them the materials of choice for a wide range of industries. With a sound foundation of unique assets, 3B is committed to design reliable and durable fibreglass solutions available globally.
More information: www.3b-fibreglass.com