SABIC makes a splash at Fakuma with new NORYL Resin, meeting tightening global regulations for materials in potable water systems.
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business launched a new NORYL resin at the Fakuma trade fair in Germany. The new resin not only complies with current European and global sustainability regulations governing materials used in potable water systems, but also with new, tougher regulations slated to go into effect in 2016. Developed at SABIC’s Fluid Engineering Centre of Excellence in the Netherlands, NORYL FE1630PW resin is a 30% glass-reinforced polyphenylene ether (PPE) that can be used in both cold and hot water systems. The next-generation resin also meets tightening global specifications regarding compliance of glass fibre and sizing with US and European food contact requirements.
“Our new NORYL resin solution is part of SABIC’s global sustainability strategy to create new technologies that help our customers conserve natural resources, such as drinking water,” said Ilknur Gur, general manager, Specialty Portfolio in Europe, Innovative Plastics. “Improving the performance and lifespan of water carrier systems can make an important contribution to human health while supporting global industry demand for high-end, environmentally responsible thermoplastics. The launch of our new NORYL resin also showcases how our Fluid Engineering Center of Excellence and our world-class experts continue to break new ground in materials science, including state-of-the-art testing, to enable SABIC to meet the current and future needs of our customers.”
Going above today’s standards
Plastics regulated under the major European and global directives for potable water systems already must comply with the food contact requirements of Food Contact Europe (FCEU) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2016, these rules will be expanded to include glass fibre and sizing. Glass-reinforced NORYL FE1630PW resin has been rigorously tested to meet these upcoming standards, as well as Germany’s KTW regulation, the European and UK Water Regulations Advisory Board (WRAS), France’s Attestation de Conformite Sanitaire (ACS) and the global NSF/ANSI Standard 61.
NORYL FE1630PW resin delivers water resistance under conditions of fluctuating temperature (up to 85°C) and pressure, including water hammer. Its performance has been substantiated with data from SABIC’s Fluid Engineering Center of Excellence Laboratory, which is available upon request.
Applications for NORYL FE1630PW include hydroblocks for boilers used for heating and drinking water, faucet cartridges and shower head water guide parts. The new material is available globally.