Penn Color introduces UV Enhancer for PVC Compounds and Extruded Profiles

March 30, 2021 - by commARCH
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Penn Color recently introduced their latest UV stabilizer formulation that can increase the weathering performance of PVC compounds and extruded profiles. 

What?

Penn Color's UV Enhancer.

Why is it needed?

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a high strength thermoplastic material used in many applications, especially building and construction. The wide use of PVC include its availability, lightweight, weathering performance, fire-resistance and recyclability.

Enhancing the weathering of PVC profiles - and thus extending product lifetime - is done with the addition of specially formulated pigments and other additives, such as TiO2. Most PVC profile formulations contain 5-10% TiO2 by weight, protecting the PVC from discoloration and loss of impact strength over time. Ladder studies have shown that adding Penn Color’s UV Enhancer to PVC formulations enables the reduction of TiO2 with an increase in weathering performance of up to 60%.

What are its uses?

As trends toward darker colors in building and construction push the limits of PVC formulations, adding UV Enhancer to window and fence profiles can significantly improve the capacity of PVCs to retain their quality, and withstand weather changes and varying temperatures.

Why is it important?

Mike Cresswell, Penn Color’s Industry Manager, Building and Construction shared, “We developed our UV Enhancer to improve the weathering performance of PVC profiles for windows and fencing. The development of this additive enables the continued use of PVC as the industry trends toward darker colors, without having to switch to higher priced alternative compounds.”


About Penn Color

Penn Color provides color and additive concentrates, masterbatches, pigment dispersions and engineered coatings. Our portfolio of wet and dry technologies offers the most diverse product line in the widest variety of markets. These include packaging, building & construction, automotive coating, extruded sheet and films, inks, wall covering, cosmetics, and fiber. Penn Color delivers unique solutions, with unrivaled levels of custom design.

Penn Color operates facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, with sales and distribution partners across the rest of the world. Every Penn Color plant is fully integrated with each other to ensure the best possible product consistency from lot-to-lot and plant-to-plant.

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