New ETFE Resins and Compounds Improve Performance and Regulatory Compliance of Automotive Fuel Lines, Hoses and Tanks
AGC to feature Fluon® adhesive ETFEs at ITB Automotive Energy Storage Systems Conference
EXTON, Pa., February 8, 2016 – As environmental and weight-saving regulations have become more stringent, Fluon® AH-ETFE resins from AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. are the solution to many automotive component construction challenges. Adhesive Fluon AH-ETFE resins, which chemically adhere to dissimilar materials, reduce weight and eliminate tie layers in multilayer hose constructions. AH-ETFE compounds also enable hose line constructions to meet more strict emission standards because they have low fuel permeation rates.
Fluon ETFE AH-600, 700 and 800 resins are ideal for constructions that require unsurpassed conductivity levels, chemical and permeation resistance, and protection against static buildup. When manufactured with Fluon AH-ETFE, automotive components such as liquid and vapor fuel lines, compressor hoses, fuel tanks and filler necks exhibit outstanding performance in any construction.
AGC product and development engineer Katie Sprick will discuss these and other benefits of Fluon AH-ETFE in her presentation “Functionalized Fluoropolymers for Automotive Applications” at 4:45 p.m. on March 2 at the ITB Automotive Energy Storage Systems Conference.
“These adhesive ETFE compounds yield fuel permeation rates as low as .40 g mm2/m2 day for alcohol fuel content up to 100 percent ethanol,” Sprick said. “They improve the durability and performance of components used in automotive, as well as chemical and industrial, applications.”
Fluon ETFE is a melt processable copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene and ethylene. AH-600 series products produce a lower melting compound that offers customers a wider process window and better compatibility with polyamide nylons for co-extrusion. AH-700 series products balance performance and economics. The AH-800 series of products has a higher upper-end temperature rating (approaching 200 °C) and improved resistance to stress cracks at elevated temperatures.
About the ITB Automotive Energy Storage Systems Conference
The ITB Group’s 17th annual technical conference focuses on the latest developments that are shaping automotive fuel systems, components and alternative energy storage systems. Participants take advantage of excellent networking and business development opportunities with leading OEM engineers, innovative supplies and industry experts. The conference takes place March 2-4, 2016, in Novi, Mich. The ITB Group develops actionable solutions for a variety of clients in the global automotive marketplace including suppliers, OEMs and investment bankers. For more information, visit http://www.itbgroup.com/automotive-energy-storage-systems- 2016/.
About AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.
AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AGC, Inc., a $13 billion multinational corporation and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass, electronic displays and chemical products. The company was formed in 2004 through the merging of sister companies Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers USA and AGA Chemicals. Headquartered in Exton, Pa., AGC Chemicals Americas maintains manufacturing operations in nearby Thorndale, Pa., and warehouses located throughout North America.