14 Sep 06
Huntsman launches new base polymer range for coating technical textiles

Basel, Switzerland, September 14, 2006 – Huntsman’s Textile Effects business segment has launched a new range of base polymers for a wide range of technical textiles, especially those used in the home and building sectors. Suitable applications include carpet back coating, roofing textiles and binders.

“The new DICRYLAN® base polymers expand our ranges designed for price-sensitive applications and complete our offer for carpet back coating,” said Michael Effing, Vice President, Textile Effects, Region Europe, Middle East and Africa. “They provide our customers with opportunities in markets where mechanical properties are as important as cost effectiveness. The DICRYLAN® L range will also be essential to the growth of our compounding business, where customers require specific solutions.”

DICRYLAN® L coating polymers have elastic and insulation properties as well as high resistance to abrasion and ageing. The DICRYLAN® L range complies with industry environmental regulations for carpet backing.

For more information, please visit Huntsman’s Textile Effects website at:

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and commodity chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging, and later, rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 15,000 employees and 78 operations in 24 countries. The Company had 2005 revenues of $13 billion.
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