Ceramics

Highly efficient processes yielding to high quality ceramic products

In the ceramics industry, additives that provide plasticity, binding and/or lubricity are critical to enable highly efficient processes yielding to high quality ceramic products. In order to address critical needs of the ceramic industry we offer a broad range of highly purified products allowing formulators to select the ideal polymer that provides the desired combination of properties such as solubility, water binding, plasticity, lubricity, debindering, purity and thermal gelation.

Our Solutions

Because of the unique set of properties and their high purity METHOCEL™ and WALOCEL™ CRT cellulose ethers, as well as POLYOX™ Water-Soluble Polymers help reducing abrasion on equipment, lead to improved shape retention of the ceramic part, allow higher extrusion temperatures and reduce both extrusion pressure and ejection force.

ETHOCEL™

ETHOCEL™

Benefits/Property
Thermoplasticity; Soluble in organic solvents; Easy Debindering

Applications
Thermoplastic binder for injection molding and thermoplastic extrusion; Lubricant for the aqueous paste extrusion

METHOCEL™

METHOCEL™

Benefits/Property
High green strength; Water-solubility; Rheology modifier; Lubricant; Plastification agent; Binder for water and the inorganics; Thermal gelation; Easy Debindering

Applications
Binder and plastification agent in aqueous ceramic processes, e.g. extrusion

POLYOX™

POLYOX™

Benefits/Property
Thermoplasticity; Water-solubility; Lubricity; Easy Debindering

Applications
Thermoplastic binder for injection molding and thermoplastic extrusion; Lubricant for the aqueous paste extrusion

Your Applications

ARTICLE » Set new industry standards: CERAVANCE™


CERAVANCE™

For years, the same cellulose esters have been used in binder systems serving as extrusion aids with clean burnout. With new industrial demands on shapes, forms and efficiency, new ceramic binder systems are needed. To address this gap, Dow Chemical created CERAVANCE™. Using CERAVANCE™ in ceramic binder systems enables faster extrusion, improved shape retention, and fewer rejected parts.

As raw materials comprise a small portion of the costs associated with ceramic extrusion, reducing production costs makes the most significant impact on your bottom line. Ceravance enables you to:

  • Address performance issues
  • Achieve new extruded shapes and forms economically
  • Improve quality of your parts
  • Increase extruder speed to increase throughput


METHOCEL™ and WALOCEL™ CRT cellulose ethers, as well as POLYOX™ Water-Soluble Polymers are used extensively across many ceramics applications. Examples are the extrusion of ceramic substrates (honeycombs) for emission control applications and filters, injection molding, ceramic membranes for ultra-filtration, mechanical components, tubes for high temperature uses, cutting tool inserts, ceramic coatings and catalyst support and adsorbents.

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Dow and ChemPoint formed a strategic partnership in April 2014 to establish a new order, delivery and service model, specifically designed to meet customer needs in industrial applications, for CELLOSIZE™ hydroxyethyl cellulose polymers, ETHOCEL™ ethylcellulose polymers, METHOCEL™ cellulose ethers, POLYOX™ water-soluble polymers, and WALOCEL™ CRT products. Our collective goal is to enhance the customer experience by providing a higher degree of service and support powered by a dedicated technical marketing & sales team focused exclusively on Dow’s cellulosic and poly(ethylene oxide) offerings in industrial applications.

The industrial cellulosics team at ChemPoint acts as a fully-integrated extension of Dow and is always available to facilitate customer needs for product selection, technical support, order placement and fulfillment. In addition, our customers receive needed support from ChemPoint’s customer service and supply chain professionals to ensure on-time delivery and high service levels.