26. Oct 2022

New biobased wax for reduced cycle times & easier processing

New biobased wax for reduced cycle times & easier processing

K 2022 visitors can look forward to new Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) additive solutions to progress more sustainable plastics and reduce resource use.

New developments give applications greater resilience to support longer use and reuse on the path to circularity. Plus, solve production challenges while achieving better efficiency and lower carbon footprint during compounding and processing (Hall 8a Booth J11).

Benefit from a unique combination of lubrication and nucleation in engineering plastics for greater efficiency in compounding and processing. Compared to more conventional products, new biobased Licocare® RBW 560 TP Vita is able to withstand higher processing temperatures thanks to excellent thermal stability and low volatility and works more effectively at low dosage. It also has outstanding colour stability. The combined benefits make it particularly attractive to formulators of polyester compounds for use in the E&E or transportation industries.

The new additive promotes easier mould release which improves the surface quality. Productivity-wise, it also means fewer polyester parts get stuck in the mould and therefore less injection moulding downtime. The risk of short shots and rejects is reduced too. It is possible to produce more parts per machine hour due to faster cycle times driven by shorter cooling cycles. As a result, energy consumption is reduced.

Licocare RBW 560 TP Vita is the latest extension to Clariant’s Licocare range of high-performing additives based on renewable, non-food-competing feedstock. They are derived from crude rice bran wax, a by-product from the production of rice bran oil. Vita designated products use real renewable content of at least 98 % Renewable Carbon Index (RCI), thus offering the advantage of a lower carbon footprint compared to state-of-the-art alternatives.

Clariant has submitted an application for FDA food contact approval for its entire range of Licocare RBW additives. This will open up their use by plastics compounders and masterbatch producers in an even wider range of plastics applications.

Clariant’s additive products and solutions offer exciting opportunities for the plastics industry to strengthen the links between efficiency and sustainability, safety and performance, value and low carbon footprint. AT


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