Polymer Additives: UV Light Stabilizers, Antioxidants and Antistatic Agents
As specialty plastics continue to replace traditional materials, Solvay leads the way in creating innovative polymer stabilizers for the most demanding applications. Leveraging more than 60 years of experience, we develop plastic additives that help resin producers, masterbatchers, compounders and converters achieve their performance goals, reduce their environmental footprint and contribute to a circular plastics economy. Solvay’s innovative UV light stabilizers, antioxidants and antistatic agents for polyolefins are designed to extend service life, maintain structural integrity and enhance the performance of plastics through compounding, processing, fabrication and end use.
Our advanced UV light stabilizers include CYASORB CYXTRA® and CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS®, our powerful antioxidants are represented by the CYANOX® series, and our antistatic agents are available via the CYASTAT® series. These technically superior polymer additives enable the use of plastics in a growing number of markets and high-value applications, including agricultural plastic films, automotive interior and exterior parts, building and construction materials, energy solutions, packaging components, consumer goods and specialty fibers, films and sheets.
We bond people, ideas and elements to improve the durability of polymers, creating sustainable shared value.
Aligned with Solvay’s bold sustainability commitments and Solvay One Planet approach, we apply our proprietary Sustainable Portfolio Management (SPM) methodology to identify and mitigate sustainability risks posed by our products in their application. To that end, we continue to evaluate our new products and existing portfolio, assessing environmental footprint, societal impact and each product’s ability to address industry demands and challenges. In doing so, we strive to minimize impacts on energy, waste and emissions, and invite our customers to contribute, creating sustainable shared value.
Outstanding Formulation Expertise and Application Knowledge
Solvay Polymer Additives offers industry-leading UV stabilizers and antioxidant solutions. Over 90% of our broad portfolio of plastic additives has been developed in-house and sustained since its inception in the 1950s. Our dedicated sales and technical service teams are positioned across the globe and readily provide customers with in-depth application knowledge to support regional requirements. Using our extensive experience and expertise, we continue to provide the most advanced and unique light stabilizers, antioxidants and antistatic agents for industries such as agriculture, automotive, building and construction, durable consumer goods, specialty fibers, films and sheets industries, as well as the packaging and energy markets.
Extensive Product Line Breadth
Solvay Polymer Additives offers the plastics industry a range of technically superior stabilization solutions tailored to meet market-specific application needs. Leveraging our expansive portfolio, industry knowledge and applications expertise, we help customers worldwide achieve their most challenging production goals. Our portfolio includes:
As our latest technology platform for improved polymer stabilization, CYASORB CYXTRA® is a series of UV stabilizers devised to take protection a step further. Our V series stabilizers provide manufacturers with the optimal balance of processing and cost efficiency while delivering a high degree of performance durability to polyolefins in interior and exterior automotive parts.
CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® high-performance light stabilizers are designed to meet requirements of an array of specific plastics and coatings applications with the use of innovative technology and experienced, in-depth market expertise.
Our A series stabilizers for agricultural markets offer enhanced protection against weathering, such as sunlight, wind, precipitation and agrochemical exposure for polyethylene mulch film and greenhouse films, tunnels, shade clothes and shrouds.
For the building and construction market, our B series stabilizers provide exceptional long-term UV and thermal protection for polyolefins used in outdoor construction applications, such as siding, decking, roofing membrane, tiles and shingles.
In thicker polyolefins and blow molding applications—including crates, boxes, drums, industrial containers, toys, trash bins and rollout carts—Solvay’s M series of light stabilizers displays high UV protection at half the dosage of commercial HALS, delivering outstanding formulation flexibility.
Our R series offers a range of superior stabilization for rotomolded PE and PP polyolefin parts, including outdoor toys, slides, kayaks, water tanks and fuel tanks. These high-performance light stabilizers enable a broad processing window, exceptionally low part color contribution and reduced energy costs.
The L series of stabilizers provides outstanding UV protection in coatings applications, such as top, clear and base coats, 1K and 2K systems, and plastic or metal substrates.
CYASORB THT® family of light stabilizers delivers exceptional UV stabilization performance combined with thermal protection for particularly demanding applications and markets.
CYANOX® high-performance antioxidants protect durable polyolefins against oxidative degradation by minimizing physical property changes during thermal processing, such as extrusion, compounding, or injection molding, blow molding and rotational molding.
CYASTAT® superior antistatic agents prevent the buildup of static charges in a variety of plastics and coatings applications.
Our range of high-performance UV stabilizers, antioxidants and antistatic agents is specially designed to extend service life and maintain the appearance of polymer products in market-specific applications. UV stabilizers, such as our CYASORB CYXTRA® and CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® series, protect surface finish, aesthetics and critical physical properties necessary for long-term performance despite extensive exposure to harsh conditions, such as weathering, excessive sunlight, heat and humidity. These innovative products are formulated with specific market needs in mind to provide cost-effective solutions with superior performance.
Improved Longevity and Recyclability for a Circular Plastics Economy
As plastic continues to hold a critical role in our daily lives, the industry is a user of nonrenewable resources and leaves a significant impact on the environment. Determined to contribute to the global transition to a circular economy, Solvay remains dedicated to developing sustainable solutions that positively impact our partners and the full value chain.
Our polymer additives, namely light stabilizers and antioxidants, improve the durability and quality of recycled polyolefin plastics. Solvay aims to facilitate the upcycling of recycled feedstock in high-value end markets. Additionally, our stabilizers are strategically designed to support lightweighting trends, reduce CO2 emissions, and improve crop yield, benefitting sustainability goals across the automotive, construction and agriculture industries, respectively.
Commitment to Capacity Expansion
To address market demand for light stabilizers, Solvay Polymer Additives continues to invest in infrastructure and application knowledge, as well as in our supply chain, to remain agile and adapt to changing dynamics. In 2020, Solvay’s new high molecular weight (HMW) hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) unit went online. This state-of-the-art facility is specifically designed with cutting-edge technology to ensure operational safety, mitigate environmental impact, and improve the quality and consistency of our HALS solutions.
As market applications for plastics continue to evolve, so do consumer demands and industry requirements. Our advanced light stabilizers play a critical role in the creation of new markets and applications for plastics. Solvay remains the frontrunner in developing innovative chemical solutions to address emerging needs. For example, we help the automotive industry adhere to new emission standards, facilitate compliance with Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedures (WLTP), support lightweighting requirements and develop products designed with low volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions in mind.
Market- and Customer-Focused Approach
In close collaboration with customers, Solvay develops market-specific products and technologies that extend the lifetime and durability of virgin and recycled polyolefin plastics. Based on the CYASORB CYXTRA® and CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® platforms, these products maintain critical surface properties such as color and gloss, enhance mechanical property retention and minimize the change in melt flow index (MFI) of durable polyolefins. Solvay continues to build partnerships with customers across markets to tackle industry challenges and work toward a world where plastics never become waste.
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