Vi-Chem Develops Slipcoat for Automotive-Sealing Systems
Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 15, 2002:
Vi-Chem Corp. announced today that it has
developed a new slipcoat that will make it easier - and less expensive - for
automakers to provide an effective, durable seal around the windows and trunks
in the vehicles they build.
The Grand Rapids, Mich. manufacturer of vinyl and thermoplastic elastomer
compounds and alloys said that its new SevreneŽ 3090-46D-8843 slipcoat
technology, when used in conjunction with its proprietary line of TPEs, will
provide improved performance and more cost-effective sealing. This new slipcoat,
which is necessary to reduce the amount of friction on moving glass, will have
the ability to withstand the long-term effects of weathering on a variety of
sealing applications, including side windows, doors and trunks.
"The automotive industry continues to look to TPEs as sealing products that
will perform better and last longer," explained Leonard Slott, vice
president and general manager of Vi-Chem. "Slipcoats have long been a
stumbling block in their search. Until now, only limited TPE technology has been
available to handle the challenge of moving glass seals.
"Automakers have been pushing for a cost-effective, co-extruded system - and
that's exactly what our new slipcoat combination provides. When with our Sevrene
2000 and 3000 Series of TPEs, the new slipcoat will offer enhanced performance
that extends the life and durability of the component. We are pleased to be one
of the leading developers in this emerging technology."
The Sevrene 3090 slipcoat product is a proprietary coating system which, when
combined with a Sevrene TPE or other suitable TPE, exceeds original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) requirements for friction level and durability. The use of
TPEs, which are less likely than rubber to lose their resiliency over time,
ensure the vehicle's seals remain tight - and prevent noise, water and dirt from
disturbing passengers. The new slipcoat is designed to be co-extruded with a TPE
to provide optimal cost effectiveness.
"The co-extrusion process provides a solid bond of the slipcoat to the TPE,
further enhancing the life of the part," said William K. Greer, sales and
marketing manager. "The resulting Sevrene TPE system provides better
long-term compression set and weathering capability when compared against the
EPDM rubber currently being used, so the car-buying customer ends up with a
Vi-Chem Corp. is a leading producer of thermoplastic elastomers and vinyl
compounds for the automotive, office furniture, building and construction, and
other industries. Additional technical information on Vi-Chem and the slipcoat
is available at www.vichem.com or by contacting Vi-Chem's
customer service department at either firstname.lastname@example.org
or (800) 477.8501.
For Further Information Contact William K. Greer at Vi-Chem: email@example.com
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