Croda, which is known as a major fatty acid amide producer, has increased its market presence in Asia Pacific through Croda Sipo, a newly acquired manufacturing facility in China. The production facility, which was custom-built in 2011, provides additional capacity across Croda’s range of speciality Crodamide additives.
“In this year’s Chinaplas exhibition, we are excited to introduce to you Croda Sipo, our new amide manufacturing facility in China. Croda Sipo certainly strengthens our presence and position in Asia Pacific, and we are looking forward to working more closely with our customers in fulfilling their needs” said James Lawrence, Sales Director Polymer Additives. Croda has been selling fatty acid amides under the Crodamide brand for more than 45 years.
Croda has announced a new line of specialty additives for wood plastic composites (WPC). The Incroflo range is designed for the purpose of developing materials in the wood plastic composites area. Where plastic and wood need to be processed together quickly and efficiently, Incroflo, Croda claims, acts as a lubricant to allow increased throughput of WPC during processing by increasing flow rate and dispersion. This allows for lower processing temperatures and pressures during manufacture. In addition, the Incroflo additive acts as a barrier between the WPC and the extruder to reduce wear, especially on screws. The group also states that it optimises mechanical performance as measured by MOR, MOE and Charpy impact resistance, improves surface finish, and reduces water absorption, which can lead to warping.
Croda will exhibit on stand N1M01 in hall N1 at Chinaplas 2014.