Polyethylene [PE] wax is derived from ethylene through a process called polymerization. Manufacturers alter the polymerization process to get a product with desired qualities. An interesting feature of these waxes is the ability to be heated and cooled without extensive degradation.
Polyethylene wax also features limited poly disparity and molecular weight. Consequently, the material is highly resistant to chemical attacks, has unmatched heat stability and is very flexible in formulating applications.
It comes in various forms with slightly different properties (viscosity, density and melting point) which make each type of wax more suitable for a particular application.
To name a few, polyethylene waxes are used in the manufacture of PVC and plastics, packaging, paints and primers, thermoplastics industry, polishes and lubricants, etc.
|ExSyn offers the following types of Polyethylene Waxes under the brand OnWax®|
|Low Density Polyethylene Wax|
|Micronised Polyethylene Wax|
|Oxidised Polyethylene Wax|
ExSyn offers a complete portfolio of waxes in a multitude of delivery forms such as pellets/pastilles, granules, powder, flakes, prills, etc.with different specifications suitable for a wide range of applications and can also offer customised specifications, as needed.
LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE WAX
Polyethylene wax can be either low density polyethylene (LDPE) or high density polyethylene (HDPE). There are three major characteristics that differentiate PE waxes. Firstly, the molecular weight. Secondly, the length of polymer branching. And finally, the monomer or polymer composition. Changing any of these characteristics will alter the physical characteristics of the polyethylene wax, such as viscosity, hardness, melt point. When compared to HDPE, LDPE is less rigid and generally less chemically resistant.
MICRONIZED POLYETHYLENE WAX
Micronized waxes enhance the surface properties and aesthetics of a protective finish and they are universally recognized as advanced surface protection additives for industrial coatings. They generally help the dispersion of resins and form a smooth layer to protect the surfaces from scratch and rub. They are most commonly used in lacquers, varnishes and inks, both solvent and water based, to augment the quality in terms of abrasion/scratch/rub resistance.
OXIDIZED POLYETHYLENE WAX
Oxidized Polyethylene is a reaction product of polyethylene and oxygen. An oxidized wax is a polar form of a polyethylene wax which is widely used in emulsions for coating agents and/or lubricant agents. Depending on the oxidation process parameters and polyethylene wax features, various properties of the oxidized polyethylene wax can be obtained. The advantage of oxidized PE wax is it emulsifies more easily in water when added with an emulsifying agent. Moreover, oxidized waxes are typically cationic in nature and chemically more stable.
A wide range of industries make use of waxes, because of the desirable physical and chemical properties. As the material can have a broad range of melt points, densities and other properties, it is understandable why it is used so extensively. PE Waxes are used as an additive, lubricant, dispersant etc. in a wide array of applications such as:
|Paints & Coatings|
|Plastic, PVC & Rubber|
|Crayon & Candle Manufacturing|
|Hot Melt Adhesives|
Several OnWax® grades offered by ExSyn are registered under EU REACH regulation
Superbags & 25 kg HDPE bags
Store in a sheltered place away from sources of heat and moisture
No matter the quantity you need, our exceptional quality and service will make ExSyn your supplier of choice! Send us your specific inquiry and we will find the right grade for your application! If you need any additional information or SDS, please get in touch with us.
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