Polymers

Working with a diverse range of polymers to suit the application technique and impart the desired effects

Polymers

Polymer properties

Listed below are the main polymer types and properties that Itac consider when formulating bespoke adhesives and coatings to provide the specified functional, protective, or decorative effect.

Polyurethene
Acrylic
Polychloroprene (Neoprene)
Nitrile Rubber
Natural Rubber
Styrene Butadiene Rubber
Polyvinyl Chloride
Butyl Rubber
Silicone

Strengths

Dependent on grade used, these can be used for; chemical resistance, thermal shock areas, UV resistance, and flexibility.

Weaknesses

Prone to hydrolysis. Additives can have Health and Safety long-term exposure issues.

Strengths

Very high clarity.

Weaknesses

Can quickly lose flexibility through embrittlement due to UV exposure.

Strengths

Very low permeability and has fire resistance properties.

Weaknesses

Expensive compared to natural rubber. Limited resistance to some solvents.

Strengths

High resistance to oils and acid environments.

Weaknesses

Poor resistance to Ozone, sunlight, and weathering.

Strengths

Low cost, natural product, good water resistance.

Weaknesses

Poor resistance to oils, fats, and greases.

Strengths

Strong abrasion resistance and low wear.

Weaknesses

Poor resistance to light, oil, steam, and hot water.

Strengths

Lighter and more affordable than natural rubber.

Weaknesses

Lower temperature resistance than natural rubber.

Big stock of plastic stretch film wrap packing

Strengths

Good solvent and chemical resistance. Relatively low-cost compared to natural rubber.

Weaknesses

Low water-permeability resistance. Can degrade with long term use inside and out.

Strengths

Highly flexible. High elongation. Excellent water resistance, hence their use in waterproofing.

Weaknesses

Soft, can usually only be overcoated by itself.

Also see

We have the knowledge and skills to interpret our clients needs and advise them on what polymers will or will not work in the successful development or improvement of their products.

Itac recognise that one coating method does not suit all applications and acknowledge that coming up with a candidate formulation is only half the story.

Itac provides real value to the production of new products and the improvement of existing ones.