Factor® long fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (LFT)
Available from Celanese Corporation
The LFT in the Factor® product family are manufactured in a patented process in which the fibers are completely impregnated in the pellet to ensure consistently high material quality as well as: Outstanding strength and stiffness, very high impact strength and excellent temperature stability.
The Factor® LFT portfolio comprises glass, aramid and carbon fiber-reinforced polypropylenes, polyamides and other specialties based on other matrix and fiber materials. Long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylenes from Factor® are available with glass fiber contents of from 10 to 60%; Ticona delivers long glass fiber-reinforced polyamides with a glass fiber content of between 20 and 60%. Factor® concentrates contain 60% glass fibers; but additives and auxiliary materials with non-reinforced raw polypropylene mean these can be mixed to the fiber content required.
Variations in composition allow customizing of the properties of Factor® to accommodate customer wishes and requirements. It is suitable as a long glass fiber concentrate for auto structural components like front ends or underbody panels. Low-emission Factor® are available for automobile interiors. Other modifications such as UV-stabilization, impact modification or friction/wear optimization are possible. High temperature stability, excellent mechanical properties, ease of processing and low weight make Factor® outstanding for replacing metals. Applications include IP supports, underbody panels or crash-active headrests.