PC (Polycarbonate)

 

The PC (polycarbonate) is a technical amorphous thermoplastic material with exceptional resilience, heat resistance, transparency, sterilisability, flame retardant capacity and resistance to discolouration. It is a particular type of carbonic acid polyester produced from the condensation reaction of bisphenol with carbonic acid.

Chemical formula PC: C16 H14 O3
CAS Number PC: 25037-45-0
Chemical Name PC (IUPAC): Poly(oxycarbonyloxy-1,4-phenylene(dimethylmethylene)-1,4-phenylene]

PC commercial names and producers:

 

  • Anjalon (Almaak)
  • Calibre (Trinseo)
  • Carbotex (Kotec)
  • Enduran (Sabic)
  • Exatec (Exatec)
  • Gebalon (Geba)
  • Infino (Lotte)
  • Isoclear (Sirmax)
  • Jupilon (Mitsubishi)
  • Kotec (Kotec)
  • Latilon (Lati)
  • Lexan (Sabic)
  • Lupoy (LG)
  • Makrolon (Covestro)
  • Megalon (Mega Polymers)
  • Nirion (Soredi)
  • Novalux (Novalca)
  • Novarex (Mitsubishi)
  • Panlite (Teijin)
  • Polilux (LA/ES)
  • Saxalon (Sax Polymers)
  • Scantec PC (Polykemi)
  • Staren (Lotte)
  • Tarflon (Idemitsu)
  • Cycoloy (PC/ABS Sabic)

Polycarbonate (PC) Italian distributors:

 

  • BIGLER (Isopak)
  • XIFA (Cycoloy, Lexan, Geloy, Xylex, Xenoy)
  • Schulman (Schulablend, Ronfalin, QR resin, Polyman, Perflex, Network Polymers, Matrixx, Lucent pc, Ecollent, Diamond, Diamaloy, Accutech, Acculoy, Accuguard, Accucomp)
  • Mega Polymers (Bayblend, Cycoloy, Emerge, Pulse, Xantar, Apec, Calibre, Lexan, Makrolon, Panlite, Tarflon, Xantar)
  • Tekuma (Infino)
  • PolyOne (Apec, Caliber, Edgetek, Emerge, LubriOne, Makrolon, Naxell, Stat-tech, Trilliant,)
  • ALBIS (Alcom, Altech, Bayblend, Novodur, Terblend, Terluran)
  • Biesterfield (Tarflon, Wonderlite, Lupoy)
  • Nexeo (Colorfast, Cycoloy, Electrafil, Lexan, Colorcomp, Lubricomp, Lubriloy, Stat-Kon, Thermocomp, Plaslube, TES)
  • RESINEX (Calibre, Emerge, Mablex, Pulse, Sicoklar)
  • Ultrapolymers (Latiohm, Latishield, Latistat, Laticonther, Latilub, Luvocom, Sicoklar, Thermocomp, Lexan, Colorcomp, Faradex, Lubricomp, Lubriloy, Stat-Kon, Tritex, Panlite)
  • TER Plastics (Infino, TEREZ PC, Xantar)

Main compounds of Polycarbonate:

 

  • PC/ABS (Polycarbonate + Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
  • PC/ASA (Polycarbonate + Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate)
  • PC/PET (Polycarbonate + Polyethylene Tereftalato)
  • PC/PBT (Polycarbonate + Polybutadiene Styrene)
  • PC/PMMA (Policarbonate + Polymethylmethacrylate)
  • PC-GF15 (Polycarbonate + Fibre glass 15%)
 

Physical and chemical properties:

PC, being an easily workable material through injection moulding and thermoforming, can be used for different applications.

Polycarbonates with a high molecular weight (which imply a limited MFR) possess better mechanical properties, but the workability of such properties proves difficult. For properties of a high resistance, it's advisable to use polycarbonates with limited MFR; on the other hand for an optimal workability, polycarbonates with a high MFR should be used.

The main problems arise from the inferior external hardness and the weak resistance to atmospheric agents and ultraviolet rays, which cause rapid events of photo-sensitive degradation (yellowing). To resolve such problems an external anti-UV treatment is required. Furthermore PC is a hygroscopic material.

PC standard density: 1,20 – 1,22 g/cm3 (ISO 1183)
PC Melting Point Tm: 260-340 °C
PC Glass transition temperature Tg: 147 °C

 

Polycarbonate application markets

 

  • Electronic components
  • Medical
  • Telephones
  • Automotive componenti
  • Construction

Polycarbonate trasformazion technologies

 

  • Injection moulding
  • Blow moulding
  • Extrusion
  • Injection compression moulding
  • Thermoforming

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Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - Slow moving QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

TARFLON #1700
granule/pellet Natural / Neutral 25 Kg bulk bags 2.50 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - Slow moving QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

Apec 2097
granule/pellet White - OPALE 020957 325 Kg bags on pallet 12.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - Slow moving QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

Apec 2097
granule/pellet Transparent - NATURALE 551022 175 Kg bags on pallet 11.20 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

Lexan 925
granule/pellet Black 1000 Kg bags on pallet 4.10 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

LEXAN 141R BIANCO
granule/pellet White - 82048 1240 Kg bags on pallet 4.10 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

Lexan 123R
granule/pellet Black 1250 Kg bags on pallet 2.80 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

SABIC PC 1003R
granule/pellet Natural / Neutral 25000 Kg bags on pallet 3.60 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Recycled /Regrinded QUALITY-RECYCLED QUALITY-RECYCLED

TERICARB 2016 887 UV
granule/pellet Black 1000 Kg bags on pallet 1.96 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

CALIBRE 303EP-22
granule/pellet Transparent 10000 Kg bags on pallet 3.90 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

Lexan HPH4404
granule/pellet Transparent 100 Kg bags on pallet 23.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

Makrolon 2407
granule/pellet Transparent 2400 Kg bags on pallet 4.35 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

HOPELEX PC-1220R
granule/pellet Natural / Neutral 2000 Kg bigbag 1.000-1.100 kg 4.40 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

LUMIPLAS LD7890 W1017J
granule/pellet Transparent - Opalino 3950 Kg bags on pallet 3.30 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

CALIBRE 303EP-22
granule/pellet Natural / Neutral 5000 Kg bags on pallet 3.25 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

CALIBRE 303EP-22
granule/pellet Natural / Neutral 16500 Kg bags on pallet 3.20 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

0703R
granule/pellet Transparent 24750 Kg bags on pallet 3.80 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

SABIC PC1803R
granule/pellet Transparent 24750 Kg bags on pallet 3.80 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

2203R
granule/pellet Transparent 24750 Kg bags on pallet 3.80 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

Lexan EXL5689
granule/pellet Black 4500 Kg bags on pallet 2.10 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - Slow moving QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

Lexan 223R
cylindrical granule/pellet transparent bluish - FUME' AZZURRO 1000 Kg octabin 3.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - Slow moving QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

Lexan 223R
cylindrical granule/pellet Light grey - 7035 1250 Kg bags on pallet 3.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - Slow moving QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

XANTAR 18 UR
cylindrical granule/pellet smoke transparent - FUME' GRIGIO 900 Kg octabin 3.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - virgin QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

XANTAR 18 UR
granule/pellet Light grey - 7035 900 Kg octabin 3.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - Slow moving QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

Makrolon 2407
cylindrical granule/pellet White - 9016 1000 Kg bags on pallet 3.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

First choice - Slow moving QUALITY-PRIME QUALITY-PRIME

NOVALUX PC
cylindrical granule/pellet Light grey - 7035 1000 Kg octabin 3.00 €/Kg
 

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

TARFLON #1700

25 Kg 2.50 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Apec 2097

325 Kg 12.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Apec 2097

175 Kg 11.20 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Lexan 925

1000 Kg 4.10 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

LEXAN 141R BIANCO

1240 Kg 4.10 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Lexan 123R

1250 Kg 2.80 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

SABIC PC 1003R

25000 Kg 3.60 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

TERICARB 2016 887 UV

1000 Kg 1.96 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

CALIBRE 303EP-22

10000 Kg 3.90 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Lexan HPH4404

100 Kg 23.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Makrolon 2407

2400 Kg 4.35 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

HOPELEX PC-1220R

2000 Kg 4.40 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

LUMIPLAS LD7890 W1017J

3950 Kg 3.30 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

CALIBRE 303EP-22

5000 Kg 3.25 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

CALIBRE 303EP-22

16500 Kg 3.20 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

0703R

24750 Kg 3.80 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

SABIC PC1803R

24750 Kg 3.80 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

2203R

24750 Kg 3.80 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Lexan EXL5689

4500 Kg 2.10 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Lexan 223R

1000 Kg 3.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Lexan 223R

1250 Kg 3.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

XANTAR 18 UR

900 Kg 3.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

XANTAR 18 UR

900 Kg 3.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

Makrolon 2407

1000 Kg 3.00 €/Kg

Polymer

PC polycarbonate

NOVALUX PC

1000 Kg 3.00 €/Kg