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Polyolefin Spotlight

Polymer Sheets

Founded in 1968, King Plastic Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality polymer sheets, slabs and massive shapes including several products pioneered by the company. King Plastic Corporation pioneered the first marine-grade polymer sheet, King StarBoard®, which remains the dominant brand in the marine industry today. Its innovative products, combined with its customers’ imaginations, have led to the creation of entirely new categories of polymer sheet products.

King Plastic polymers are manufactured in the U.S. and sold worldwide through a network of top plastics distributors to customers who fabricate products for the marine industry (King StarBoard® Family of Products), signage (King ColorCore®, the multi-color engravable polymer sheet), food service (King CuttingBoard® Family of Products, solid and lightweight natural polyethylene and solid, color-coded cutting board sheets, both FDA approved and certified by the NSF), healthcare (King MediGrade®, antimicrobial polymer building sheet for healthcare applications), architectural (King StarBoard® ST), industrial (King Hy-Pact®, the super tough industrial polymer sheet) and many more product brands. The company headquarters is a 250,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in North Port, Florida.

For more information, contact Michael Fabbri, King Plastic Corporation, 1100 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., North Port, FL 34288, Phone: 941-493-5502, Fax: 941-497-3274,,

Polyolefin Sheet

iPoly inc. is an innovative manufacturer of sustainable, high performance plastics designed to boost end-user profitability in a wide range of industries. Their materials service the industrial, agriculture, and commercial markets.

iPoly produces compression molded grade sheet. If you are looking for high impact and low coefficient of friction, their Mach1 UHMPE™ (Ultra-High Mechanical Polyethylene) is a workhorse in the industry. It combines exceptional wear, low friction, corrosion resistance and impact strength in a cost-effective sheet that excels in every industry. The sheet utilizes an AAF™ matrix (Accelerated Anti-Friction) which guarantees high wear performance. Mach1 retains key physical properties in sub-zero temperatures and is resistant to chemical attack. Key features include; high impact resistance, self-lubricating, chemical resistant, food grade resin, abrasion resistant, and a standard UV package.

Sani-Armor Premium HDPE has been formulated to be the easiest sheet to weld, bend and machine. It is a great option for a wide range of applications, from packaging and manufacturing to recreation and equipment components. It includes a machinable poly-masking for a scratch-free finish. The sheet is also engineered to withstand full sun and outdoor use. During their manufacturing process, they not only add Ultraviolet blocking agents to prevent resin breakdown by light sources (such as the sun or lighting fixtures), they also add a formulated, engineered pigmentation that resists fading. This ensures the HDPE sheet is thoroughly stabilized inside and out, to provide years of high performance under full sunlight and in high moisture environments.

Sani-Armor Premium HDPE sheets are available in sizes up to 1/2” thick in 9 standard, in-stock house colors. They also offer Army Green, Bison Brown and Safety Orange (DOT Spec.) on quick turnaround. Color match production runs are commonplace. Their in-stock materials include smooth and textured finishes.

For more information, contact the Art Groeneveld, iPoly inc., 100 Ormond St. South, Thorold, ON L2V 1Y5, Canada, 905-227-7900, E-mail:, Web:

Chemical Resistance & High Purity

TECAFINE® PP (polypropylene) is an anti-stated, polypropylene, random copolymer polyolefin that provides excellent chemical resistance and high purity. FDA compliant with better mechanical properties than other typical polyolefin materials, it is light weight, weldable, and unaffected by moisture. Ensinger's unique processing technology provides unsurpassed quality in TECAFINE PP stock shapes.

The materials excellent chemical resistance and high purity characteristics make it ideal for use in the food-processing and chemical-processing industries. Common applications include pump and valve components, tanks, laboratory equipment, and other parts in contact with corrosive environments.

For more information, contact Bruce Dickinson, Ensinger, Inc., 365 Meadowlands Blvd., Washington, PA 15301, 800-243-3221/856-227-0500, Fax: 724-746-9209, E-mail:, Web:

Prime Polyolefins

Prime Plastics polyolefins are available in FDA, printing, exterior construction and thermoforming grades. Noted for their toughness, durability and chemical resistance Their polyolefins are found in a wide variety of consumer and industrial applications. Typical applications include leisure craft, playground equipment, portable toilets, tank liners, food & medical trays, and automotive dunnage. Polyolefins are also available with talc added where higher heat resistance and stiffness are required.

Primex extrudes plastic sheet using polystyrene, polyethylene, ABS, polypropylene and polyester in addition to an assortment of specialty products to serve a wide range of industries. Primex is a wholly owned subsidiary of ICC Industries.

For more information, contact Tim Schultz, Primex Plastics Corporation, 1235 North F Street, Richmond, IN 47374, 800-222-5116/765-973-0108, E-mail:, Web:

60" Wide UHMW & PTFE Sheet

Fluoron Inc. does custom seaming of customer’s products with Fluoron’s proprietary sealers that can handle the size and temperatures required to seam ultra-high molecular weight plastics like PTFE and UHMWPE as well as FEP, PFA, etc.

If you have a need for 60” wide sheet of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene or polytetrafluoroethylene contact Fluoron, Inc. They offer any thickness up to .080” and available as seamed tube and heat shrinkable tubing up to 49’ long.

Standard tubing is used for lining pipe and chemical process vessels while the heat shrinkable tubing is used for covering rolls where the anti-stick and corrosion resistance properties of these plastics are desired.

For more information, contact Frank Chapman or Jennifer Wallace, Fluoron Inc., 505 Blue Ball Road, Building #120, Elkton, MD 21921, 410-392-0220, Fax: 410-392-4357, E-mail: or, Web:

Food Grade UHMW

Nylatech, a leading manufacturer of cast nylon products for a variety of industries for over 20 years, has developed a safer, longer lasting alternative for the food processing industry. At Nylatech, they offer food grade materials that are high quality, long-lasting, certified and tested for safety and qualification in the food processing industry.

They supply nylon cast components for a wide variety of uses in food processing including: scrolls, wear plates, chain guides, bushings, sprockets, wear strips, conveyors and pulleys and sheaves.

They now also offer blue UHMW products for easy detection of parts contaminating food on the production line. All of their materials are certified and tested for safety and qualification in the food industry and deliver many benefits over alternative materials including exceptional resistance to wear and abrasion, high impact strength, they are self-lubricating, corrosion and chemical resistant, offer a low co-efficient of friction. high visibility and colors for increased safety and are lightweight.

Talk to a representative today to learn more about what they can offer their partners in the food processing industry and how they can help you create a safer, more efficient manufacturing environment.

For more information, contact Calvin Petersen, Nylatech, Inc., P.O. Box 455, Everson, WA 98247, 800-506-9566/360-966-2838, Fax: 360-966-2838, E-mail:, Web:

Hex Rod

Plastic Products, Inc. (P.P.I.) offers hexagonal rod machined to close tolerance (+/-.005") starting at sizes of 3/8" across the flats. Hex rod is available from engineered materials including Nylon, Delrin®, UHMW, Polypro - pylene, Polysulfone, P.E.E.K., Noryl®, UHMWPE, Ultem®, Teflon® and many more.

P.P.I. can supply hex rod in lengths of 5, 8 or 10 foot, or custom lengths upon request.

P.P.I. is also one of the largest stocking distributors of plastic rod and sheets on the east coast and can supply materials quickly from their 27,000 square foot warehouse.

P.P.I. has added two CNC mills, a CNC lathe and a CNC press break press, increasing their machining capabilities for fabricated plastic and metal parts. P.P.I. has over 45 years of producing quality plastic parts.

For more information, contact Lee Raxter, Plastic Products, Inc., P.O. Box 188, Bessemer City, NC 28016, 800-752-7770/704-739-7463, Fax: 704-739-5566, E-mail:, Web: or

Plastic Bending Bars

Laramy Products offers an inexpensive, precision tool that heats thermoplastic sheet for forming bends. It handles materials up to 1/2” thick. The combination of a variable temperature controller plus two heating surfaces results in adaptability to a wide range of materials, sizes and thicknesses.

The exclusive Laramy replaceable heating element allows inexpensive repairs without the need to purchase the entire bar.

The units are available in two sizes to heat 4-foot and 8-foot sheet. The entire unit consists of two heating bars, two base supports and a stepless heat controller.

The Laramy Sword is an optional attachment to the bending bars allowing a sharp, nonradius bend to be made on polypropylene and polyethylene. The result is a sharp attractive bend with a reinforced inner joint.

For more information, contact Sherry Stahler, Laramy Products Co., P.O. Box 1168, Lyndonville, VT 05851, 802-626-9328, Fax: 802-626-5529, E-mail:, Web:

Polyolefin Extrusions

Petro Extrusion Technologies, Inc. has been extruding polyolefin materials such as LDPE, MDPE, HDPE, LLDPE, and PP for over 29 years.

Specializing in stock and custom the rmopl a s t i c extrusion in both tubing and profiles, PET offers extrusion of tubing sizes from 1/32" up to 8" in diameter, in all stock polyolefin materials. PET offers tool design capabilities, to extrude tubing in round, square or triangular shapes.

PET extrudes in homopolymer and copolymer polypropylene materials, as well as some filled specialty grades of polypropylene.

PET offers custom capabilities in both tubing and profiles, and has developed many dies over the course of its 29 years in business. They have over 50 stock colors available, along with customer cut length and angle cut capabilities.

In addition to custom capabilities in tube extrusion PET offers a line of stock LDPE channel profiles.

For more information, contact Mike Patterson or Julie Hanan, Petro Extru sion Technologies, Inc., 205B Hallock Ave., Middlesex, NJ 08846, 800-229-3338/908-789-3338, Fax: 908-789-0434, E-mail:, Web:

Reduced Friction

Röchling Engineering Plastics Polystone® M-Slide is an advanced UHMW-PE formulation designed to reduce its coefficient of friction by more than 20% when compared to natural Polystone M. Their additives eliminate the need for surface wax in package and material handling applications, while increasing throughput.

Ideal for gravity chute liners, straight and curved tracks, guide rails, chain guides, star wheels, wear plates and non-stick conveyors, the material can be used in any application that requires exceptional friction and abrasion resistance. Available in sheets, rods, tubes and custom profile shapes, consider Polystone M-Slide for all jobs that require a highimpact, low friction plastic.

Backed by a global network, Röchling is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality thermoplastics. Featuring the most comprehensive product line of engineering plastics within the US and Canada, Röchling is strongly committed to developing efficient and innovative solutions for our customers.

For more information, contact Dena Jenkins, Röchling Engineering Plastics, 903 Gastonia Technology Parkway, Dallas, NC 28034, 704-884-3506, E-mail:, Web:

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