Songwon Begins Bulk Manufacture Of Functional Monomers In South Korea

March 23, 2018
Songwon’s production site in Ulsan can now supply medium volumes of specialized monomers.

Having started to develop functional monomers about two years ago, Songwon begins bulk manufacture at its production site in Ulsan, South Korea. These monomers provide resins and polymers with special functions including the improvement of the physical and chemical properties of the final product, according to the company. Applications include resins, sealants, adhesives and engineering plastics designed for use in coatings, the automotive sector and electronic packaging.

“With this new capacity, our production site in Ulsan can now supply medium volumes of specialized monomers at competitive prices. Subsequent development of further products at our Technology Innovation Center and scaling up of production will allow us to follow the market’s technology roadmaps,” says Heinrich Schulte, leader market center functional monomers. 

The first functional monomers manufactured in Ulsan are dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) phenol oligomers (known in the industry as ERM-6085 and ERM-6140 depending on softening point) and bisphenol trimethylcyclohexane (BP-TMC). DCPD functions mainly as an epoxy resin modifier in chain extending reactions and is primarily used in the manufacture of epoxy composites. The softening point and functionality of DCPD phenol resins can be widely varied and are therefore suited to serve the growing market for special epoxy resins that exhibit high dielectric constants and low dissipation factors at high frequencies. They are, for instance, used for wiring boards and packaging material that can meet the new 5G transmission standard requirements, according to Songwon. Songwon’s standard grade BP-TMC monomer is available for use in epoxy or epoxy novolac resins, while the high purity grades are designed for high impact, transparent polycarbonate.

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