(Newswire.net -- November 21, 2014) Anaheim, CA -- SABIC Innovative Plastics, the producer of Ultem Resins, has announced significant shortages of the Ultem resin through Q2 2015. With continued rapid growth in the demand for this unique plastic material, SABIC has continued to focus on growth. During the last several years, addition production capacity has been added, and have worked to optimize the production plants. One step involves the scheduled outage at the Mt. Vernon production facility planned for April 2015.
This planned outage, along with substantial increase in global demand has created a challenge in production of the Ultem resins. Many plastic semi-finished plastic shape producers currently have no Ultem resin, and are not scheduled to get more material until April or May of 2015.
What is Ultem?
SABIC Ultem is a family of amorphous thermoplastic materials. These materials are in the PEI (Polyetherimide) family of resins. Ultem (PEI) offers outstanding elevated thermal resistance, broad chemical resistance and high strength. The unfilled version is called Ultem 1000, which is a transparent amber, black is also a common color. There are several glass filled grades including the Ultem 2300 which is a 30% Glass Filled Ultem.
ULTEM resins uniquely balance both mechanical properties and processability, offering design engineers exceptional flexibility and freedom.
Applications for Ultem in the Marketplace
The extreme range of physical properties of the Ultem PEI material make this an excellent choice for many applications. Common industries that have adopted Ultem are: Aerospace, Electronics, Automotive, Lighting, Medical Instrumentation, Electrical Connectors and more.
A new application has been discussed in the Automotive Industry is the use of Ultem in reducing the weight of Autos while increasing strength. A thermoplastic carbon composite wheel is being investigated for up to 30% less weight while retaining all the strength of previous metal versions of the wheel. Reduction of weight call also translate to a reduction of auto emissions.
Key Factors In Ultem Performance Properties
Dimensional Stability – Ultem has one of the best dimensional stability ratings available.
Flammability & Smoke Generation – The Ultem resins in most grades are inherently flame resistance without additives or fillers. Ultem meets the stringent flame rating UL-94 V-0 in cross sections as thin as .020”.
Heat Resistance – Ultem maintains physical and mechanical strength in temperatures, with a glass transition temperature of 415 degrees Fahrenheit.
Strength and Stiffness – Ultem has some of the highest strength and stiffness ratios of any material. Lightweight material yields strength greater than many metals for same weight.
Shortages and Allocations
This exceptional material has been in high demand for many industries. The production of the base resin by SABIC has been increasing to prevent lead time delays and shortages. Many processors have purchased the allowable allocation for Ultem resin for the year. Much of the remaining resins being produced already allocated to large users, the supply chain of semi-finished raw materials has been affected. Current inventories at many suppliers of Ultem sheet and Ultem rod are at all-time lows. Some suppliers read the signals, and added additional inventories of this in demand material.
Industrial Plastic Supply of Anaheim, California has a large inventory of both Ultem 1000 and Ultem 2300 in both sheets and rods. A full range of sizes and diameters are in stock, and more is on the way. Contact Industrial Plastic for your Ultem Sheet and Rod requirements.
About Industrial Plastic Supply, Inc
Since 1975, Industrial Plastic Supply, Inc. has provided high quality plastic sheet, rod and tube materials to industry. Over 80 plastic material types in a huge range of sizes, all in stock and ready to ship. Cut to size parts and near net shapes are a specialty. When you need quality materials, and need them now, go to Industrial Plastic Supply.
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