HEXPOL Launch Wire & Cable Compounds Portfolio
International Polymer Compounding Group HEXPOL has brought together their expertise in various product areas and technologies to launch a comprehensive portfolio of wire and cable compounds. Based on high performance materials such as VMQ, advanced rubber technologies, additives and Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE).
The wire and cable industry is a high growth marketplace. With electrification trends and an increasingly connected, global population the demand for power and telecom products is expanding rapidly. Alongside this growth comes the introduction of stricter regulations and industry standards to protect people and infrastructure.
Speaking of the development, Ralph Wolkener, President HEXPOL Compounding Europe/Asia commented, “To help industry meet these demands we have put our experience and know-how into developing one of the most comprehensive portfolios in the market. We offer a unique position, taking a polymer neutral approach to supply customers the optimal solution for their requirements”.
The portfolio includes silicone rubber materials, CPE, EPDM, NBR+PVC, CR rubber compounds, pigment and additive masterbatch, as well as thermoplastic, EVA, TPE and TPV technologies. Typical properties include halogen-free flame retardancy, low smoke and low toxicity. Materials are RoHS, SVHC and REACH compliant with grades designed to meet international cable standard such as EN50363 or IEC 60811.
Bedding, insulation and sheathing materials are all part of the portfolio. Application areas include locations containing expensive or sensitive equipment, such as hospitals, airport, train and transport hubs, communication exchanges, power generation facilities and offshore platforms. With enhanced thermomechanical properties grades are available for telecommunication and electric cables, from high-to-low voltage.
Carsten Rüter, President HEXPOL Compounding Europe/Asia, HEXPOL Compounding and Global Purchasing/Technology added “By combining quality materials via a high technology manufacturing process, we deliver customised materials that help cable manufacturers exceed standards for reliability and durability”.
Representative Cable Compounds
OXYGEN INDEX %
TENSILE STRENGTH MPa
ELONGATION AT BREAK %
DESIGNED TO MEET
Ceramic forming silicone rubber
EN 50363 EI2, VDE 0266 HIX1, EN 50200
Enhanced ceramic forming silicone rubber
EN 50363 EI2, VDE 0266 HIX1, NFC 32070 CR1
ALTAIR F1M12 FR
Halogen free thermoplastic flame-retardant with hot pressure at 80°C
VDE 0207 Part 24 type HM2
ALTAIR F1M12 FRH
Halogen free thermoplastic flame-retardant with hot pressure at 90°C
VDE 0207 Part 24 type HM4
HPC CM EM2 SH
Flame-retardant CPE compound for low voltage sheathing
UNE EN 50363-2-1 EM2
HPC NPV EM2 SH
Flame-retardant NBR/PVC compound for low voltage sheathing
UNE EN 50363-2-1, EM2
Dryflex Cable 52288 N
Low Smoke Zero Halogen, suitable for thin wall applications
BS 7655-6.1 LTS 3
Dryflex Cable 52289 N
Low Smoke Zero Halogen, hot pressure at 90°C
BS 7655-6.1 LTS 4
HEXPOL is a world-leading polymers group with strong global market positions in advanced polymer compounds (Compounding), gaskets for plate heat exchangers (Gaskets) and wheels made of plastic and rubber materials for forklifts and castor wheel applications (Wheels). The group is organized into two business areas, HEXPOL Compounding and HEXPOL Engineered Products. hexpol.com