Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), a global leader in the chemical industry, has expanded its portfolio of exceptionally chemically resistant LNP CRX polycarbonate (PC) copolymer resins with four new grades.
These grades feature sustainability, thin-wall flame retardancy (FR), low-temperature ductility and ultraviolet (UV) stability, well-suited for healthcare and consumer electronics applications.
There are two product pairs, each with a bio-based version that can further reduce environmental impacts and help lower carbon footprint. These high-performance materials can help meet customer demands for world-class resistance to chemicals ranging from the harsh disinfectants widely used in healthcare applications to sunscreen and hand creams that often come in contact with consumer electronics devices.
Mr. Joshua Chiaw, director, Business Management, LNP & Noryl, Specialties, SABIC said that “SABIC is continuously improving our material families to deliver greater value to our customers, and our new LNP CRX products are excellent examples of this. These advanced technologies provide sustainability enhancements, including the incorporation of non-brominated/non-chlorinated flame retardants. They also comply with thin-wall flame retardant ratings, offering the potential to reduce part thickness and raw material usage.”
For the healthcare industry, the new LNP ELCRES CRX7412U copolymer and its bio-based version, LNP ELCRIN CRX7412UB copolymer, offer limited biocompatibility according to ISO 109931. They are candidates for replacing incumbent PC, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and polyester or co-polyester materials in thin-wall applications such as housings, diagnostic and monitoring devices, and durable medical equipment.
The other two grades, LNP Elcres CRX7416U copolymer and its bio-based version, LNP Elcrin CRX7416UB copolymer, are well suited for demanding consumer electronics and mobile applications such as mobile device housings and battery covers. These products can potentially meet stringent requirements for chemical resistance and low-temperature ductility (-60°C) better than many competitive materials, including PC/ABS and polycarbonate/polybutylene terephthalate (PC/PBT) blends.