Looking for the right mineral filler for plastics

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Published: Monday, 28 January 2013

Fillers were first introduced into the plastics industry as a cost-saving device. But, as Ajay Kulshreshtha discovers, their myriad properties perhaps should be more correctly focused on improving performance and driving innovation

By Ajay Kulshreshtha

The plastic industry cannot survive without the use of fillers, additives or reinforcements. Commodity resins, such as PVC, polystyrene, polyethylene and polypropylene are a major part of the modern plastic industry and these materials have been sold and used as essentially pure resins.

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