MS: Hybrid Plastics, Inc. has installed an extruder
line for the compounding of POSS® masterbatch
at its new facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It
is intended to satisfy demand from customers who began
launching commercial film applications in the fall
of 2004. A second extruder line is planned for 2005.
Masterbatch is a concentrated blend of one or more
ingredients within a base polymer. This masterbatch
later is diluted through a subsequent mixing operation
to become part of the final polymer compound. The
Masterbatch is added in small amounts to this final
material to achieve desired properties.
POSS® [Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes]
is a revolutionary new Nanotechnology based on silicon-derived
building blocks that provide nanometer-scale control
to dramatically improve the thermal and mechanical
properties of traditional polymers while offering
easy incorporation using existing manufacturing protocols.
These compounds have an average diameter of just 1.5
nanometers, or billionth of a meter. POSS® nanomaterials
can be used both as direct replacements for hydrocarbon
based materials or as low-density performance additives
to traditional plastics. They release no VOCs, and,
thereby, produce no odor or air pollution. They are
biocompatible, recyclable, non-flammable, and competitively
priced with traditional polymer feedstocks. POSS®
Nanostructured® materials can be readily incorporated
into virtually any existing polymer system through
blending, grafting or copolymerization.
These POSS® nanobuilding-blocks were hailed by
R&D magazine as one of the 100 most technologically
significant new products globally for the year 2000.
More recently, Hybrid Plastics was one of five finalists
for the Small Times Magazine’s 2002 Best of Small
Tech Award for its POSS® Nanostructured® materials.
The Small Times Magazine Best of Small Tech Awards
recognize globally the best people, products and companies
in nanotechnology, MEMS and microsystems.
For More Information Contact:
Carl Hagstrom, Chief Operating Officer