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We often hear about WPC (Wood Plastic Composite), composite material made of thermoplastics and wood, for which it is possible to use different kinds of saw dusts in addition to virgin or recycled plastics. When mixed together, plastic makes wood fibers more resistant to humidity, while wood makes plastic more durable.

The most widespread use of WPC is in outdoor (fences, deck floors, benches, windows and doors), but also for indoor furniture of for vehicles. WPC articles do not corrode  and are highly resistant to weather conditions. They have good workability and can be shaped using conventional woodworking tools. Another advantage over wood is that such material can be moulded to meet almost any desired shape; let’s not forget its lack of need for paint. In fact it is manufactured in a variety of colours and widely available in grays and earth tones.

According to what stated on the occasion of WPC  Congress held in Cologne last December, the market for these materials has risen by an average annual growth of 35% and for the next few years a considerable increase of its use in various applications has been estimated, thanks to its technical features. China is a very  receptive market for WPC; there entire buildings are made from WPC panels.

Their Products

VIBA Laboratories have recently developed some products aimed to satisfy all the different requests of customers, which are  VIBATAN WPC PROTECTOR 03959,   VIBATAN GP IR ABSORBER 02571,   VIBATAN COUPLING AGENT 03915  and  VIBATAN SLIP RF/G 00364. VIBATAN 03959 contains a  synergic blend of primary and secondary antioxidant agents which confer a considerable antioxidant protection against polymer thermo-oxidative degradation and a protection against photo-oxidative phenomenon. To facilitate the processing of WPC end-products VIBA can offer its VIBATAN SLIP 00364, which works as inner lubricant improving the slipping of fused mass at the exit of the nozzle or of the die.

While  VIBATAN GP ABSORBER 02571  acts as protector,  VIBATAN COUPLING AGENT 03915  improves the compatibility between the polymer and wood flour, thus avoiding shrinkages on the final product.

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