Wood plastic composite (WPC) profile extrusionWPC profiles – sustainable and eco-friendly
Wood plastic composites (WPC) can be formed by a thermoplastic process and consist of renewable materials (natural fibers), mostly synthetic plastics and additives. Typical WPC products are, for example, extruded profiles for decking consisting of 65% wood flour, 30% polyethylene or polypropylene and 5% additives, such as bonding agents, UV protection additives and colorants.
Although thermoplastic WPC products have only been in existence for a few years, they have already conquered a sizeable market, thanks to their superior attributes. In contrast to wood materials, WPCs can be freely formed and are more resistant to moisture, and consequently possess excellent resistance to weathering. Compared to synthetic plastics, WPC compounds score with their lower prices, touch, natural look, higher stiffness and significantly lower thermal expansion.
Current market research has revealed that more than 1.5 million tons of WPC are being produced today. With a share of about 1 million tons, North America is by far the largest market, followed by Europe, Japan and China.
WPC profile extrusion – perfectly chiseled
Customized turnkey solutions for WPC extrusion have long been one of our core competencies. With intelligent machine and automation concepts, we successfully meet our customers’ requirements. Every line is designed by us from start to finish, with all individual components matching perfectly. With more than a century of combined extrusion experience, battenfeld-cincinnati offers the optimal solution for every application, powerful and resource-efficient.
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