DUSSELDORF, German—U.S. additive maker Cabot Corp. celebrated the 100th anniversary of its launch of the Vulcan brand with an addition of a new family of super conductive specialty carbon blacks at K 2013.
The Vulcan XCmax, which took two years to develop, has been devised for use in plastics applications in which compounders and end-users require high conductivity at low carbon black loadings.
Cabot is also debuting a new line of concentrates to complement its existing Cabelec conductive compounds products.
The new Vulcan XCmax family is designed to meet a variety of requirements for use in wire and cable, antistatic flooring and safety systems, automotive fuel tanks and inlets, coatings, and electronics and electrical products.
"Customers are requesting the lowest possible loading carbon black in order to minimize impact on the underlying mechanical properties of the polymer," said George Haines, Cabot global segment manager for plastics. "Our new Vulcan XCmax carbon blacks deliver this important attribute."
Cabot's new line of conductive concentrates complements its existing Cabelec conductive compounds products, building on Cabot's capability to compound high loadings electrically conductive carbon blacks into polymers.
The new products, Cabelec CC6135 polystyrene concentrate and Cabelec CC6277 polyethylene concentrate, enable converters greater control of formulations to reach application-specific resistivity targets.
The use of a Cabelec conductive concentrate in place of a finished compound allows formulators to add proprietary polymers and additive packages to tailor a range of compounds to meet specific customer needs.
This range of Cabelec conductive concentrates will be expanded to include a wider range of polymer carriers.