Plastics - Polymers, Additives, Masterbatches
Additives help make plastic safer, cleaner, tougher and more colorful. Additives are a complex blend of materials mixed with the essential polymer to make plastic products, from synthetic bumpers in cars, dashboards, steering wheels and switches to medicine with plastic hypodermic syringes and artificial hip joints, plastic telephones, circuit boards and cable insulation. Additives help make products last longer. In short, it is additives that turn basic polymers into useful plastics. Different kinds of additives have different vulnerabilities and strengths, but each of them influences the effectiveness of polymer production.