International Polymer Compounding Group HEXPOL has launched a comprehensive portfolio of wire and cable compounds, based on performance materials such as VMQ, advanced rubber technologies, additives and Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE).
The wire and cable industry is a high growth marketplace. With electrification trends and an increasingly connected global population, the demand for power and telecom products is expanding rapidly. Alongside this growth comes the introduction of stricter regulations and industry standards to protect people and infrastructure.
Speaking of the development, Ralph Wolkener, President HEXPOL Compounding Europe/Asia commented: “To help industry meet these demands we have put our experience and know-how into developing one of the most comprehensive portfolios in the market. We offer a unique position, taking a polymer neutral approach to supply customers the optimal solution for their requirements.”
The portfolio includes silicone rubber materials, CPE, EPDM, NBR+PVC, CR rubber compounds, pigment and additive masterbatch, as well as thermoplastic, EVA, TPE and TPV technologies. Typical properties include halogen-free flame retardancy, low smoke and low toxicity. Materials are RoHS, SVHC and REACH compliant with grades designed to meet international cable standards such as EN50363 or IEC 60811.
Bedding, insulation and sheathing materials are all part of the portfolio. Application areas include locations containing expensive or sensitive equipment, such as hospitals, airport, train and transport hubs, communication exchanges, power generation facilities and offshore platforms. With enhanced thermomechanical properties, grades are available for telecommunication and electric cables, from high-to-low voltage.
Carsten Rüter, President HEXPOL Compounding Europe/Asia, HEXPOL Compounding and Global Purchasing/Technology added: “By combining quality materials via a high technology manufacturing process, we deliver customised materials that help cable manufacturers exceed standards for reliability and durability.”