EXTON, Pa., January 22, 2019 – AGC is significantly expanding its production capacity of Fluon+ EA-2000 fluorinated resin by establishing a new facility at its plant in Chiba, Japan. Fluon+ EA-2000 is primarily used as a material for 5G high-speed, high-frequency printed circuit boards, which will see a sharp increase in demand as 5G network technology becomes widely available by 2020. Operation of AGC’s new Fluon+ EA-2000 production facility will begin in September 2019.
Fluon+ EA-2000 is ideal for coating and protecting printed circuit boards because it provides enhanced electrical characteristics. For example, the production of copper-clad laminate (CCL), a material used in printed circuit boards for 5G applications with high-frequency bands, requires materials that exhibit low transmission losses. When used in in printed circuit boards Fluon+ EA-2000 can reduce transmission losses at 28 GHz by more than 30% compared to existing materials.
Because of the remarkably low transmission losses of Fluon+ EA-2000, it can be applied in both flexible and rigid CCL for use in a wide variety of printed circuit boards, including those for smartphones and other mobile devices, base stations, servers and automotive equipment.
Fluon+ EA-2000 PFA resin features a built-in functional adhesive group that enables one-step processing with other polymers and metals. It also eliminates the need for surface treatment or a separate adhesive layer. It is heat resistant to 260 °C and features superior chemical resistance, equivalent to conventional PFA materials. It also exhibits excellent non-stick properties, low frictional properties, water and oil repellency, a low dielectric constant and low dissipation factor.
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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.