ZEON Presents New High-Performance HNBR - Zetpol®
Improvements in Compression Set, Long-term Aging, and Processability Enhance Sealing Applications
Duesseldorf (Germany) June 22, 2016 – ZEON – a leading and globally operating producer of specialty polymers – introduces with the new High-Performance HNBR (Zetpol®) compounding technology a hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber with outstanding next-generation properties. ZEON's newly designed HNBR compounds offer new opportunities for sealing applications by providing improvements in compression set, long-term aging, and processability. "Our new High-Performance Zetpol® contains unique polymer architecture and a specific cure site monomer in the polymer chain," explained Dr. Kai Kremer, recently assigned Commercial Manager of the HNBR division at ZEON Europe. "This gives greatly improved compression set resistance compared to conventional peroxide-cured HNBR." The improvement in compression set resistance is magnified over longer aging times and especially in thin cross-sectioned articles such as O-rings, seals and gaskets.
ZEON Corporation is the world leader in specialty elastomers, polymers, and specialty chemicals. ZEON is one of the top producers of polymers in the world, operating a global network of plants in Asia and North America, and research and development laboratories in Japan, USA, China, and Singapore. With almost 70 years in business and consolidated sales of ca. US$ 3 billion, ZEON has both the experiences and the expertise in C4 and C5 chemistry to offer a wide range of world class products. ZEON employs over 3.300 people worldwide, with global headquarters in Tokyo and regional sales offices all over Europe, America and Asia. “We realize the importance to have a close partnership with (potential) customers worldwide. Therefore, our resources in sales and technical service always put big effort in technical cooperation to bring positive impulse to our customers. Then, together we will find the optimum solution,” Hubert Thimm, ZEON Europe Commercial Director explains.
While ZEON is continuously settled in the traditional global elastomer business (60% of total business), the specialty material business is seriously built up and has been growing significantly. ZEON specialty materials will provide material solutions for the future world in terms of sustainable energy sources, electromobility, digitalisation and media, as well as modern lifestyle and health care.