Solvay Qualifies Minnesota Rubber and Plastics Plant in Suzhou China as a Certified Injection Molder of Torlon® PAI 

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Alpharetta, Ga., September 8, 2016 – Solvay, a leading global supplier of specialty polymers has qualified the manufacturing site of Quadion LLC (dba Minnesota Rubber and Plastics) in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, as a certified injection molder of Solvay’s ultra-high performance Torlon® polyamide-imide (PAI). This is the second certification for Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, a global leader in the design and supply of advanced precision components and highly engineered solutions, as their River Falls, Wis. USA plant was similarly qualified in 2015.

“Solvay’s stringent certification process confirms that our Chinese facility has the equipment and expertise necessary to injection mold Torlon® PAI,” said Lih Fang Chew, Global Vice President of Marketing, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics. “Torlon® PAI allows our customers to explore and improve new product designs for automotive and other application markets. This certification will help our Chinese customers comply with demanding regulatory and agency approvals, such as ASTM D4000, ASTM D5204, Mil-P-46183 and Mil-P-46179A, together with specific material certifications at key OEMs and tier suppliers serving important markets across Asia.”

Torlon® PAI, one of the highest performing thermoplastics in Solvay’s specialty polymers portfolio, combines the exceptional performance of thermoset polyimides with the melt processing advantage of thermoplastics. This advanced material portfolio encompasses wear-resistant grades that offer unsurpassed performance in both dry and lubricated environments, and high-strength grades that retain their toughness and high strength and stiffness at temperatures up to 275 °C (525 °F), establishing them as the industry's highest performing thermoplastics in this regard. The Torlon® PAI portfolio further offers outstanding creep resistance, an extremely low coefficient of linear thermal expansion and excellent abrasion and chemical resistance. The material’s high-end performance profile is ideal for many precision components used in repetitive-use, load-bearing applications, such as automotive seal rings and transmission thrust washers, ball joint sockets, molded gears and slide elements for steering systems where it successfully replaces metals.

“Torlon® PAI delivers proven reliability in applications too severe for even advanced thermoplastics, which explains why it is often specified as a lightweight replacement for metal,” said Christopher Wilson, Senior Vice President for Ultra Polymers at Solvay’s Specialty Polymers global business unit. “Solvay’s certified molder status validates that Minnesota Rubber and Plastics possesses the processing expertise necessary to optimize Torlon® PAI’s unique properties, and enable it to meet or exceed the most demanding customer applications in a wide range of industries.”

“Our latest certification as a qualified Torlon® PAI injection molder further expands the Suzhou plant's broad offering of high-performance thermoplastics,” added Chew. "It also underscores Minnesota Rubber and Plastics’ strong commitment to meeting Asia’s fast-growing demand for the state-of-the-art polymer technologies that its OEM customers need to successfully compete in today’s global markets.”

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