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Integral Technologies and BASF jointly to explore North American market for automotive applications of Electriplast conductive thermoplastics
28 August 2013
Integral Technologies, Inc. and wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast Corp. (earlier post) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with BASF Corporation jointly to explore the North American market for ElectriPlast’s conductive thermoplastics.
BASF and ElectriPlast will jointly explore the potential to utilize ElectriPlast materials as a lightweight solution for applications requiring electrical shielding, while reducing weight to help meet CAFE requirements initially targeting a broad array of automotive applications. ElectriPlast is non-corrosive and weather-resistant.
The two companies will approach key OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers with opportunities for conductive thermoplastics as a lightweight material alternative to metals. Integral is the original researcher, developer and owner of the intellectual property surrounding the ElectriPlast technology. BASF currently supplies Integral with resins used in the compounding of the ElectriPlast product line.
ElectriPlast materials are produced using a small, single-pellet design compounded with metal fibers that are molded and shaped. The company has found that nickel-plated carbon fiber, stainless steel fiber and copper fiber provide great performance for shielding and conduction applications. However, almost any metal fiber can be used to meet customer performance requirements; the company has formulated more than 80 blends covering thousands of applications.
|Non-technical demonstration of ElectriPlast resistance.|
|Non-technical demonstration of ElectriPlast conductivity.|
The base resin, to a large degree, will determine the characteristics and performance of the blended ElectriPlast material, the company says. ElectriPlast composites retain the same, or very similar properties, to the base resin. ElectriPlast can be extruded or injected using standard industry equipment found in factories worldwide without the need for special machinery.
We see the conductive plastics market as a potentially important growth opportunity and the ElectriPlast technology as a leader in this developing industry.—Scott Schlicker, Automotive Powertrain Market Segment Manager for BASF
The LOI with BASF represents Integral’s further expansion into major markets and follows an internal technical evaluation, testing and molding by BASF.
The BASF announcement follows two earlier announcements by Integral in June of this year; the signing of a co-development agreement with Delphi Automotive PLC to jointly develop wire and cable insulation applications using ElectriPlast conductive resin technology; and the announcement of a 10-year sales and manufacturing agreement with Hanwha L&C of South Korea to license ElectriPlast technology in Asia.
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