Polypropylene Borcom BG055AI
An Economic Alternative
A newly developed polypropylene (PP) for the domestic appliance industry from Borealis AG, Vienna, Austria, delivers the high gloss of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and meets manufacturers' demands for increased productivity. This PP, marketed under the trade name Borcom BG055AI, offers up to a 6% reduction in cycle times, new energy-saving opportunities and performance advantages for esthetic parts used in dishwashers, washing machines and spin dryers.
According to the manufacturer, the newly developed PP microcomposite is capable of matching the glossy appearance of ABS – the traditional material of choice for visible white goods parts such as control panels, front draws and baseboards. This high-flow, low-density grade, which contains up to 10% selected filler, was specially developed to address the manufacturers' need for alternative high-quality material solutions for these applications.
Borcom BG055AI opens up new production efficiency possibilities without compromising on esthetics. It has a lower density (0.92 kg/m3 ) and higher melt flow rate (MFR) than standard ABS and its high fluidity allows faster cycle times at lower injection pressure. This potential for a significant 6% cycle time reduction is complemented by lower energy consumption, since less injection pressure is required during molding. Machine tonnage can be reduced through the combination of low density and less pressure, leading to environmental and production-cost benefits from the lower energy consumption. In addition to their very good high gloss appearance, parts made from Borcom BG055AI offer high impact strength and stiffness, which ensure long-term durability with repeated use.
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