Everberg, Belgium - Huntsman Polyurethanes has brought commercial sales and technical support for its range of Krystalflex optical aliphatic films in-house, and says this should improve the service and support it can provide to glass laminators across Europe.
According to Huntsman, the market for hybrid glass/polycarbonate lamination is growing rapidly. Such hybrid constructions are increasingly used where "intrinsic strength combined with transparency is critical," the company said.
Typical uses include glazing for security vehicles, prisons, hospitals, embassies, computer centres and sensitive research centres.
Bonding materials such as glass or polycarbonate to other plastics offers a design challenge for makers of glass laminates. Huntsman said the "excellent adhesive properties" of Krystalflex thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films overcome this and also provide highly effective load transfer between the different sheets.
"Huntsman has focused on the needs of glass laminators for more than 20 years and it is through using this knowledge and understanding of applications and processes that we are able to engineer tangible performance benefits into aliphatic TPU film interlayer, said Johan Van Tongelen, commercial director Europe, Africa, Middle East & Indian Sub-continent, in Huntsman's 29 Oct announcement.
"By bringing the sales and technical support in-house, we hope to be able to steer new initiatives, be more responsive to our customer's needs and further enhance the performance capabilities of Huntsman's Krystalflex film range," Van Tongelen added.