Minerals in plastic

By Kasia Patel
Published: Friday, 18 March 2016

While other markets are still suffering a downturn, the use of minerals in plastics is steady, as traditional materials in packaging, construction and the automotive sector are being switched for more lightweight and durable alternatives, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, discovers.

Minerals in plastics are used both as a filler and to impart strength, anticorrosion and fire retardant properties, particularly in the packaging, construction, automotive and healthcare sectors.

There are a number of different polymeric resins filled or reinforced by industrial minerals, such as talc and calcium. Rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC)...

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