LATENE compounds are base on homopolymer PP, a resin created in 1954 in the Insutrial Chemical Lab at Polytechnic of Milan, where the methylic group replaces with hydrogen atom in the same polymeric chain used to obtain PE. Homopolymeric version is stiffer and mechanically stronger than copolymeric version.

Main properties

  • Impact resistance, even at low temperature;
  • Good/very good chemical resistance;
  • Low density;
  • Effective hydrolysis resistance.

LATENE compounds are characterized by impact resistance at low temperature and good chemical resistance. Base resin fluidity can be optimized according to project requirements. The high chemical resistance / price ratio allows to use the material in a wide range of applications.

According to the requirements, compounds can be stabilised to resist to continuous use temperature up to 90-110°C, and/or to improve resistance to metal contact. Material can made UV and weather resistant.

Filled grades
LATENE can be filled with mineral fillers, in order to obtain a stiff, dimensionally stable product, which maintains a good surface aspect.

Reinforced grades
LATENE can be reinforced with glass or carbon fibre, which improve material stiffness. Presence of fibrous fillers requires a particular care of design to reduce differential shrinkage and part warpage. Chemically coupled versions provide very good mechanical properties to products, and a great improvement of thermal properties under load.

Flame-retardant grades
Flame retardant versions are normally achieved with a better thermal stabilization that ensures a good behaviour of the material while working under load at high temperature. Suitable flame-retardants additives can be provided with halogens or without halogens depending on the specific project requirements.

Self-lubricating grades
Family products with better self-lubricating properties are available by adding substances able to improve the tribological properties of the material. These grades are suitable for plastic-metal or plastic-plastic contact applications. Compounds able to fulfil specific requirements concerning wear resistance and friction factor can also be formulated. For more information, please check LATILUB grades.

Electrically anti-static / partially conductive / dissipative grades
Family compounds can be formulated with anti-static, partially conductive or dissipative properties, even in reinforced versions: search grades in LATISTAT and LATIOHM product range.

E.M.I. shielding grades
Check LATISHIELD family for more information about products with E.M.I. shielding properties.

In order to further improve flexibility in material use, blends obtained by mixing PPh with other base resins have been formulated. See LATIBLEND family.

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