Polypropylene
February 2007
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Advanced polyolefins for the electrical/electronics and home appliance industries are featured in literature. The company says polypropylene (PP) is particularly suitable as a base material for products and parts used in appliances because it is chemically inert and does not react with additives and fillers. Using standard stabilizer packages, PP is said to have good long-term heat resistance, which can be enhanced with special additives. PP formulations can be used to produce matte and glossy finish surfaces. According to the company, PP compounds in domestic electrical appliances such as kettles, coffee machines or irons must have surface finish and must not discolor when in contact with hot water. The literature says that when optimized, PP can be color matched to meet customer requirements. Basell, www.basell.com

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