Asahi Kasei Introduces Long Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene

       Asahi Kasei Introduces Long Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene

New Thermylene® I For Improved Impact Performance & 20% Cost Savings Compared
To Traditional Long Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene

PR Newswire

FOWLERVILLE, Mich., Feb. 19, 2013

FOWLERVILLE, Mich., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Asahi Kasei Plastics
announces a new long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene for improved impact
performance and 20 Percent cost savings compared to traditional long glass
fiber reinforced polypropylene. Thermylene® I provides a proven balance of
stiffness and toughness over a broad range of temperatures positioning it to
replace metal, long glass and many other engineering resin applications.
"Automakers will find Thermylene® I especially appealing as it offers
excellent mechanical and cost performance compared to traditional long glass
fiber reinforced polypropylene," said Ramesh Iyer, vice president of
commercial operations at Asahi Kasei Plastics.

"Applications that currently use long glass polypropylene will benefit from a
cost savings and improved impact resistance, knit line strength, and better
flow," said Iyer. "Thermylene® I also provides high strength and stiffness at
elevated temperatures, isotropic mechanical and dimensional properties and
improved fatigue and creep resistance."

Key automotive applications include front-end modules, instrument panel
retainers, battery trays, luggage racks and accelerator brake clutch modules.
It is also ideal for a wide variety of other structural, functional and
appearance parts as the glass content can be tailored to the specification for
best performance.

Key non-automotive applications include water filtration reverse osmosis units
and office furniture.

About Asahi Kasei Plastics

This Michigan based subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Chemicals Co. boasts one of the
largest manufacturing facilities for the company outside of Japan.
Additionally, Asahi Kasei Plastics is the largest glass reinforced
polypropylene manufacturer in North America. With sales growing globally,
their unique product portfolio is solving complex engineering problems.

Asahi Kasei Plastics provides customized resin solutions globally. Their
product lines include THERMYLENE^® (polypropylene), LEONA™ (nylon 66, 66+6i),
THERMYLON^® (nylon 6, 66), TENAC™ (acetal) and XYRON™ (modified polyphenylene
ether – mPPE), STYLAC™ (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene – ABS).

Thermylene^®, Thermylon^® are registered trademarks of Asahi Kasei Plastics
North America, Inc.

Leona™, Tenac™, Xyron™, Stylac™ are trademarks of Asahi Kasei Chemicals

Asahi Kasei Plastics     Intuit Group
Contact:                 Media Contact:
Ramesh Iyer              Teri Chouinard CBC, APR
248.895.0135             810.797.7242
Joel Wiese

SOURCE Asahi Kasei Plastics
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