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Polypropylene and Nylon now added to locally manufactured compound range

Continental Compounders Expands Its Offering with Engineering Polymers

Continental Compounders
Durban, February 11, 2015
Continental Compounders (Pty) Ltd has expanded its range and product offering by adding polypropylene (PP) and nylon (PA66 and PA6) to its local compound range. As part of its efforts to meet the demand for engineering polymers, the company has opened a specialized production site for engineering polymers, situated in Westmead, KwaZulu-Natal.

Taking a bold step forward

Engineering PolymersCommenting on the expansion of its range, George Dimond, CEO of Continental said: “We have been manufacturing PVC compounds for various industry segments for the past 12 years. We are very proud to be in the position where we are now able to expand our service offering to our new and existing customers with a new range of engineering polymers that consist of local content.  Adding this new line of compounds to our product range is in line with Continental’s commitment to quality, innovation and service”.

Dimond explains that the new compounds will come in different variations, such as:

  • Mineral filled Talc and Calcium Carbonate: 20% to 50%
  • Glass fibre reinforced: 20% to 50%
  • Impact modified
  • Flame retardant: Halogen and halogen-free systems
  • Concentrates and Master batches
  • Combination filled grades, such as mineral filler and glass fiber, flame retardant and glass fiber, impact modifier and glass fiber will also be available.

Specialist laboratory

Customer service and product quality are of utmost importance to Continental.  To this end, they have made a significant financial investment into expanding and upgrading their specialised, technical service laboratory aimed specifically at product testing and new product development for both local and international customers. 

“We have invested a significant amount of technical innovation and intellectual capital into this highly geared laboratory in order to offer our customers world-class technical service, research development and a continuous supply of top quality compounds,” Dimond said. 

The expanded testing facility is capable of performing various new tests in the engineering polymer field, including:

  • MFI (Melt Flow Index)
  • Vicat
  • Ash content
  • HDT (Heat Deflection Temperature)

Commitment to quality and sustainability
Continental Compounders is committed to the principles and requirements of the International Standard, ISO 9001:2008, and manufactures to ISO quality management systems, which ensures that they maintain the highest standards at all times.  They are also one of the founding members of SAVA (Southern African Vinyls Association), and supports the association’s drive towards international best practice for PVC products and processes.  These include the safe use of additives, notably Heavy Metal Free (HMF) stabilisers and pigments, expanding recycling capacity and programmes, and developing new and sustainable applications in PVC.

Concludes Dimond: “This has been a dream that has long been in the making.  Continental Compounders is driven by the pursuit of local content, with the resultant beneficiation of local resources.  We are thrilled about expanding our product offering and range of polymers to our customer bases, in addition to growing an already impressive export base.  Our investment in infrastructure and technology prove that, as a company, we continue to believe that both our continent and our country face an exciting future, and that we are ready for the opportunities that come our way”.

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