Eurostar Rises With RockTron

By Rocktron, PRNE
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

BRISTOL, England, June 1, 2011 -

- With Photo

RockTron, the eco-mineral specialist, and Eurostar Engineering
Plastics have announced the launch of a new grade of polypropylene (PP)
containing RockTron's 100% recycled Eco-Mineral Fillers. Eurostar describes
'The RockTron Solution' as hitting both green targets and performance

The RockTron Solution

The French specialist compounder Eurostar Engineering Plastics
has launched a new grade of PP filled with RockTron MinTron(TM)
alumino-silicate solid glass spheres. Eurostar EP was introduced to RockTron
through Univar-France, RockTron's distributor in France. The compounder's new
grade, Starpylen ECR30K ECR: PP 30% Glass Bead Reinforced, contains 30%
MinTron(TM) and is part of a new range of thermoplastic compounds made with
100% recycled, low carbon reinforcing agents, as a result of customer
pressure. The grades have been designed to meet stringent application
requirements with no compromise on performance when compared to traditional
fillers. They offer a cost effective solution, while meeting the demand for
environmentally friendly and sustainable materials in end-use applications,
and are available in PP and PA. Eurostar is one of the numerous compounders
and polymer producers evaluating RockTron Eco-Mineral Fillers in a range of
thermoplastics and thermosets applications in Europe and the USA.

RockTron's Eco-Mineral Fillers

RockTron's 100% recycled, high performance fillers are
produced by the company's unique technology, which recycles the fly ash waste
from coal-fired power stations. It is the only technology in the world that
can transform both fresh AND stockpiled fly ash waste into fillers for
commercial use, reducing the energy utilities' impact on the environment. The
RockTron Process can reduce global waste stockpiles, currently estimated to
hold 6 billion tonnes of fly ash, as well as eliminating the need for future
stockpiles. It conserves natural resources, enables site remediation of
previously stockpiled land and contributes to reducing the intensity of
global carbon emissions. The wide range of eco-friendly mineral products that
The RockTron Process generates can be used as fillers in elastomers and
coatings, as well as polymers.

"With The RockTron Solution, the planet wins twice: a new
engineered filler; and less power station waste. RockTron MinTron(TM), with
its low carbon footprint, is the first easy step towards 'greener' materials.
RockTron is the answer to converting customers' 'eco-policy' into something

Alexis Chopin, Eurostar EP Technology Director.

RockTron Products' Benefits

When customers start demanding eco-friendly products,
suppliers must provide them. Traditional man-made glass beads, such as those
that RockTron MinTron(TM) substitutes in Eurostar's new compound, need to be
heated up to extremely high temperatures. Consequently, they are very bad for
the environment, both in terms of energy consumed and greenhouse gases
emitted, and are also very expensive. 'Green' resins are similarly
unsuccessful in answering eco demands. They are made out of OGM, use too much
water and have too low a thermal stability to be effective. Furthermore, the
bio-filler natural fibres option currently only fits 'exotic' applications
and needs a lot more work before it becomes viable. The best approach is to
work on the non-polymeric part of the formulation and RockTron products are
the clear choice for numerous reasons. They cannot be challenged on
eco-friendly grounds, they offer the same level of performance as engineered
glass beads, there is no price premium and they are a transparent change for
the customer in terms of processing. RockTron is the environmental and
commercial answer to customers' growing demands.

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