Research and Development

Our Business and Technical Center in Exton, PA is the North and South American business head office and center of technology for our fluoropolymer resins, custom compounds and specialty materials. Recently we completed a $1 million dollar upgrade to our R&D laboratories and continue our investment with future renovation plans that will allow us to bring cutting edge, value-added solutions to our customers.

AGC Chemicals offers full support services including business and market development, customer service, technical service, application development and research and product development.

Technical Capabilities:

  • Physical testing
  • Analytical testing
  • Environmental and accelerated aging studies
  • Material identification
  • Thermal analysis
  • Rheometry
  • Surface and wear analysis
  • Microscopy

Dedicated Services for New Application Development and Product Enhancement

  • Fluon+™ Filled PTFE Compounds: formulating and compounding samples, compression and automatic molding, instrumented wear testing
  • Fluon+™ Melt Processable Compounds: formulating and compounding samples, injection and compression molding, extrusion of strands/pellets, films and profiles; color-matching and rheological analyses; electrical and thermal conductivity characterization
  • AFLAS® Fluoroelastomers: formulating and compounding samples, compression molding, extrusion and small batch processing, fluid compatibility testing, curing analysis
  • LUMIFLON® Fluoropolymer Resins: paint formulating with weathering and physical performance property testing on metal, wood, concrete and plastics, extrusion of powder coatings
  • AsahiKlin® Fluorinated Solvents: sample preparation, vapor degreasing services, application development and customer support
  • AsahiGuard E-Series Fluorinated Water/Oil Repellents: material development, customer support and application simulation for coated paper, stone and tile protection, technical textiles and nonwovens production, exposure and resistance testing
  • FibraLAST® Non-fluorinated Water/Oil Repellents: material development; customer support and application simulation for coated paper, stone and tile protection, technical textiles and nonwovens production; exposure and resistance testing
  • FORBLUE™ FLEMION™ Ion Exchange Membranes: brine/membrane analysis, sample preparation, history and recordkeeping, total organic carbon (TOC) testing, induced couple plasma (ICP) testing and ion chromatography (IC)

Examples of Testing Capabilities

Physical Testing:

  • Tensile elongation/tear
  • Flexural testing
  • Instrumented wear testing
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
  • Compression set
  • Impact
  • Hardness
  • Abrasion
  • Thermal and electrical conductivity
  • Gel permeation chromatography
  • Deformation under load

Environmental Studies:

  • Heat aging
  • Fluid immersion
  • Salt spray
  • Xenon-arc
  • QUV

Material Identification:

  • Gas chromatography with mass spectrometry
  • Infrared (FTIR) with microscope
  • UV/VIS/Near IR
  • SEM/EDAX • Color matching
  • Filler analysis

Thermal Analysis:

  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Thermal Mechanical Analyzer (TMA)


  • Melt indexing
  • Capillary
  • Thermoset (RPA 2000P)

Analytical Testing (in-service conditions):

  • Thermal
  • Chemical
  • Dynamic
  • Static
AGC Chemicals