New resin helps shield wires and cables from damage during installation and over their service life
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., June 17, 2014 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Resins and Chemicals announced today that it has introduced a new Aegis® nylon resin designed to protect cables and electrical wiring used in industrial and consumer products.
The new resin, Aegis H55WC, is designed to shield wires and cables from physical and chemical damage that can cause them to fail during installation or shorten their service life. It provides excellent protection from grease, oil and gas, and resists impact, abrasion and cuts. It is certified by Underwriters Laboratories for use in a variety of demanding applications, including residential and commercial buildings, machine tools, automobiles, appliances, offshore oil platforms and marine equipment.
Aegis H55WC also helps wire and cable manufacturers improve the electrical efficiency of their products. Because nylon is thinner than other insulating materials, more strands of conductive metal can fit inside the insulation without increasing the overall size of the wire or cable.
“This new resin provides wire and cable manufacturers with the critical protection they need from a resin producer they can rely on,” said Matthew Capeci, global business director for Honeywell Resins and Chemicals. “Because we are a fully-integrated global nylon 6 producer, we can provide a stable supply to serve their operations now and for years to come.”
In addition to wires and cables, Aegis resins are used in fibers and filaments for carpeting, fabrics, nets and cords; engineered plastic components for automotive, consumer and industrial applications; and films for food and protective packaging. In April 2014, Honeywell announced that it will expand its nylon production capacity to 200,000 metric tons per year to meet customer demand. That new capacity is expected to come online in 2015.
With 50 years of technology and application development expertise, Honeywell Resins and Chemicals continues to invest in its research and development capabilities to support customer needs worldwide. It conducts nylon-related research and development at technology centers in New Jersey and Virginia, where it operates laboratory-scale polymer reactors, as well as in Shanghai, China, where the business has extensive analytical capabilities for resin development.
As one of the few fully-integrated nylon 6 manufacturers, Honeywell Resins and Chemicals is able to provide a stable supply of product to its customers around the world. In addition to resin, it also produces caprolactam, a merchant-grade, nylon 6 intermediate used in applications ranging from carpet and textiles to engineering plastics, films and industrial filament. The Honeywell plant in Hopewell, Va., with a capacity of 350,000 metric tons of caprolactam per year, is one of the largest single-site caprolactam production facilities in the world. Honeywell Resins and Chemicals also sells chemical intermediates, including phenol, Nadone® cyclohexanone and acetone, as well as Sulf-N® ammonium sulfate fertilizers.
To learn more about Aegis® nylon resins, visit www.honeywell-nylon6.com.
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