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.

Typical applications

Conveyor belt coatings for food and beverage processing. Read more here >

Printable textile coatings for graphics, signage, and display items.  Read more here >

Vinyl flooring installations.  Read more here >

Outdoor clothing and fabrics.  Read more here >

 

exhibition display stand

Strengths

Very high clarity.

Weaknesses

Can quickly lose flexibility through embrittlement due to UV exposure.

Typical applications

Vehicle wraps and reflective products.  Read more here >

Large format window, wall, and floor graphics.  Read more here>

Artwork mounting and framing applications.  Read more here >

Pitched and flat roof applications.  Read more here >

 

worker applying a blue car wrap to a black car

Strengths

Very low permeability and has fire resistance properties.

Weaknesses

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

Typical applications

Construction and insulation.

Footwear manufacture.

Automobile and aerospace assembly.

Construction insulation materials

Strengths

High resistance to oils and acid environments.

Weaknesses

Poor resistance to Ozone, sunlight, and weathering.

Typical applications

Automotive transmission belts.

Personal Protective Equipment and clothing within the chemical, oils, and gas sector.

Industrial hoses, seals, and gaskets.

Strengths

Low cost, natural product, good water resistance.

Weaknesses

Poor resistance to oils, fats, and greases.

Typical applications

Masking and packaging tapes.

Pressure sensitive labels.

 

packaging tape sealing boxes ready to ship

Strengths

Strong abrasion resistance and low wear.

Weaknesses

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

Typical applications

Pressure sensitive adhesives for tape and label applications.

safety labels on packaging

Strengths

Lighter and more affordable than natural rubber.

Weaknesses

Lower temperature resistance than natural rubber.

Typical applications

Coated fabrics for tarpaulins, tents, industrial curtains, marquees and other mobile structures.

marquee tent with blue sky

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.

Typical applications

Sealing applications where airtightness is required particularly in the food processing, and automotive industries.

Flashing applications in roof and wall construction and maintenance.

airtight foil packaging on white background

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

Soft, can usually only be overcoated by itself.

Typical applications

Cut Edge Corrosion treatment and full architectural metal roof refurbishment. Read more here >

Architectural textiles.  Read more here >

Passive fire protection.  Read more here >

Outdoor clothing and other technical outdoor product fabrics.  Read more here >

blue-grey metal roof

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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.