At Fakuma 2012, SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business announced a new Noryl resin that complies with the new and tougher regulations governing materials used in potable water systems to be implemented in 2016.
Developed at SABIC’s Fluid Engineering Center of Excellence in the Netherlands, Noryl FE1630PW resin is a 30% glass reinforced polyphenylene ether (PPE) that offers good hydrological performance in both cold and hot water systems. The new resin also meets tightening global specifications regarding compliance of glass fiber and sizing with US and European food contact requirements.
“Our new Noryl resin solution is part of SABIC’s global sustainability strategy to create new technologies that help our customers conserve natural resources, such as drinking water,” said Ilknur Gur, General Manager, Specialty Portfolio in Europe, Innovative Plastics. “Improving the performance and lifespan of water carrier systems can make an important contribution to human health while supporting global industry demand for high-end, environmentally responsible thermoplastics.”
Plastics regulated under the major European and global directives for potable water systems already must comply with the food contact requirements of Food Contact Europe (FCEU) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2016, these rules will be expanded to include glass fiber and sizing. According to SABIC, glass reinforced Noryl FE1630PW resin has been tested and shown to meet these upcoming standards, as well as Germany’s KTW regulation, the European and UK Water Regulations Advisory Board (WRAS), France’s Attestation de Conformite Sanitaire (ACS) and the global NSF/ANSI Standard 61.
Noryl FE1630PW resin delivers long term water resistance under conditions of fluctuating temperature up to 85°C and pressure, including water hammer. The material also provides strong processing characteristics including good stability and low reject rates. Applications for Noryl FE1630PW include hydroblocks for boilers used for heating and drinking water, faucet cartridges and shower head water guide parts.