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VOLUME -22 NUMBER 6
Publication Date: 06/1/2007
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GE Plastics Expands Capacity for EMI Shielding Materials
Pittsfield, MA — GE Plastics has expanded its production of LNP
compounds — which provide inherent EMI shielding — to the Pacific region. The compounds, including a new environmentally responsible grade that features a non-brominated, non-chlorinated flame retardant, are being manufactured at GE Plastics' Moka facility in Japan. GE's LNP Faradex materials will help local and global manufacturers meet electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) regulatory requirements by providing a highly effective EMI shielding solution that can lower part weight and reduce system costs. Additionally, by using a non-brominated, non-chlorinated flame retardant system, LNP Faradex compound can help manufacturers curtail the use of hazardous substances in electronics.
GE Plastics recently launched the new LNP Faradex NS0031 grade, which is based on a blend of polycarbonate and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS). This product is produced in Moka, Japan and is available globally. It provides flame retardance without the use of brominated or chlorinated additives that are restricted by legislation in Japan, Europe, and other areas. All Faradex compounds feature stainless steel fibers to provide intrinsic EMI shielding, avoiding the need for a separate vacuum metallization layer that can add time and cost. For example, chromium plating can require up to a dozen steps, compared to a single processing operation for the new GE material.
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