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  • stickman07738 stickman07738 Nov 30, 2006 6:38 AM Flag

    Solvin launches NANOVIN�, a vinyl nanocomposite �smart material�

    Does anyone know it this contains Amcol nanoclays?

    Solvin launches NANOVIN�, a vinyl nanocomposite �smart material�

    Solvay S.A
    11/27/2006 1:19:15 PM

    November 27, 2006 - Solvay announces today that its vinyls joint venture in Europe, SolVin, is launching NanoVin�, an innovative nanocomposite combining polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and nanoparticles of clay. This specialty product displays exceptional properties in terms of plasticity, viscosity and flow. These distinctive rheological properties make NanoVin� a so-called �smart material�, capable of sensing and reacting to changes in its environment (see Notes to the Editors below).

    More specifically, NanoVin� is a ready-to-use product suitable for PVC paste applications, which require non-dripping and shear-thinning properties � meaning that the viscosity of the material decreases when a shear stress is applied to it and recovers a high value when the stress is released. These applications include for instance bodywork in the automotive industry as well as so-called thick coatings, such as artificial leather.

    NanoVin� was developed at Solvay Research & Technology, the Group�s R&D campus in Neder-over-Heembeek (Belgium). The product is now entering into a pre-commercial phase, with a pilot production unit located in Jemeppe (Belgium).

    �Research and innovation are feeding Solvay�s strategy of sustainable and profitable growth,� commented Michel Tchapian, Paste PVC Business Manager. �We succeeded in creating a smart material that opens up new commercial opportunities, thanks to our work on the combination of vinyl with nanoparticles of clay,� he said.