Zeon Chemicals L P is now producing Hydrin elastomer with an epichlorohydrin monomer derived from palm and other vegetable oils. “Our R&D testing has been rigorous and every test has proven the monomer is chemically identical to our previous product, so the resultant polymers are the same,” says Clark Cable, Hydrin Business Manager. “Use of the monomer allows us to have a more environmentally conscious production, in accordance with our corporate social responsibility initiatives, because it contains 20-25% of bio-derived material.”
Characteristics of the Hydrin line include:
– Broad temperature range from -40°C to >125°C continuous; >150°C short-term;
– Range of dynamic properties from damping to resilient;
– Inherently electrostatic dissipative;
– Very permeation resistant to gases that exceeds butyl in most instances;
– Hydrocarbon resistant against fossil and bio-fuels
Zeon Chemicals says Hydrin is used in a wide range of applications, such as automotive hoses, air ducts, diaphragms, laser printer rolls and vibration dampening devices.