Teknor Apex: Lead-free for its extensive range of PVC wire and cable compounds

In the first initiative of its kind in the wire and cable industry, Teknor Apex Company (www.teknorapex.com) has advised customers that it will supply only non-lead stabilized (NLS) PVC compounds after July 31 of this year, it was announced today by the company’s Vinyl Division. In the case of NLS compounds that have already been fully developed and established as compliant with requisite codes and standards, the company will cease producing lead-stabilized versions effective immediately.

Also included in the changeover are pre-colored compounds, for which the Vinyl Division’s sister business Teknor Color Company has developed color concentrates that comply with the European Union’s Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations, including restrictions against use of lead.

Underscoring the significance of this initiative is the pioneering role of Teknor Apex in developing PVC as a workhorse compound for insulation and jacketing, as well as the sheer number of such compounds—over 3,000—now offered by the company, according to Mike Patel, industry manager.

“For decades after Teknor Apex began manufacturing PVC wire and cable compounds in the 1940s, lead-containing additives were the most effective means of making PVC thermally stable while maintaining its outstanding electrical properties,” Patel said. “All that has now changed. New non-lead stabilizers plus advanced compounding technology has enabled us to manufacture NLS compounds whose performance and cost are comparable to lead-stabilized materials.”

Customers that have not already initiated a changeover to NLS compounds are urged to do so as soon as possible, noted Patel. Teknor Apex representatives will contact these companies to provide NLS-compound recommendations and other advice.

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