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GE Plastics Installs New High-Temp Melt-Spinning Line

Pittsfield, Mass.-based GE Plastics has installed a high-temperature melt-spinning line from West Melbourne, Fla.-based Hills Inc. at its Polymer Processing Development Center in Pittsfield. The line is capable of processing resins at temperatures up to 450ºC, which enables the use of GEs flame-retardant Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) and Extem amorphous thermoplastic polyimide and PEI resin grades. It also is capable of producing continuous filaments at speeds of up to 1,800 meters per minute, as well as in-line drawing of fibers.

The new line also can produce fibers ranging from 2 to 10 deniers per filament from PEI and other high-temperature resins, and is equipped for co-extrusion. Fibers produced from Extem and Ultem resins are colorable and may be converted into staple fibers and filaments for use in woven and nonwoven applications.

"With the acquisition of specialized equipment for low-denier fibers, GE Plastics is entering a new industry where our materials will play an increasingly important and critical role", said Rick Pontillo, general manager, Global Application Technology, GE Plastics. "As textile manufacturers face increasingly strict compliance requirements, GE Plastics will help provide new fiber solutions featuring inherent flame retardance and excellent resistance to high heat and chemicals. We expect this capital investment to enable us to quickly develop new high-performance fiber applications spanning global industry."

May 22, 2007