Alcotex PVOH

Alcotex® leading the way for suspending agents for PVC manufacture

Over the last 60+ years Synthomer’s Alcotex® brand has led the way and has become a global leader in the manufacture and supply of PVOH suspending agents into the PVC industry.  Alcotex® products are a critical component of PVC suspension recipes globally, delivering the high performance expected in this industry. 

 

The Alcotex® manufacturing process is unique.  Our polymerisation and hydrolysis methods impart key characteristics to the polyvinyl alcohol, giving a robust, universal product for many PVC technologies and PVC resin types. 

 

Alcotex® products allow you to achieve your required polymerisation characteristics, to produce PVC with a wide range of porosities and bulk densities, and provide you with excellent grain size control at cost-effective concentrations. 

 

Alcotex® adds value to your PVC production, increasing output and reducing costs

Alcotex® primary and secondary suspending agents provide your PVC production process with many benefits, allowing you to achieve desired resin characteristics at cost effective concentrations.  

 

Alcotex® suspending agents enable you to achieve higher plant output and lower operating costs, providing low polymer build-up in the reactor, reduced down-time for cleaning, and homogeneous porosity of the PVC grains, enabling easier free monomer removal. 

 

The homogeneous porosity of the PVC grain improves plasticiser absorption properties and can be adjusted to give fast dry-up times and a low “fish-eye” count, reducing the reject level in critical applications.

 

Discover how Synthomer’s Alcotex® products can help improve your PVC manufacturing

  • High efficiency
  • High compatibility
  • High plant output
  • Low fish-eye count
  • Low reactor fouling
  • Low residual monomer

 

 

Contact the Alcotex® Technical team to discuss how we can help you improve your PVC manufacturing operations: alcotex@synthomer.com

 

Alternatively, you can call our Harlow (UK) site on : +44 (0) 1279 436 211 

 

Just because Alcotex® is an established brand in the world of PVC, it doesn’t mean that innovation has stopped.

At Synthomer, our dedicated Specialty Vinyl Polymer R&D team are continuously working to improve our suspending agent technology platforms in order to address customer needs.  We actively invite you to join our innovation journey.  

 

If you’d like to find out more about our Innovation program at Synthomer or just wish to get in touch with one of our experts, please email us at alcotex@synthomer.com or reach out to your existing Alcotex® representative. 

 

 

Alcotex® PVOH is the first choice for a variety of applications

Alcotex® Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) technology provides a versatile, highly tunable platform to provide custom solutions for our customers to address perceived application challenges.  

We believe that our products and commitment to continuous research and development can deliver value in many markets and application areas.  Using our strong geographical presence combined with our in-house expertise, we are actively growing existing business in various additional applications globally.  Many of these applications are already utilising the many beneficial properties of our PVOH products and we are proactively invite you to join us on our journey to explore further future possibilities for PVOH.

 

Discover how Synthomer’s Alcotex® grades can benefit your application.

Alcotex® PVOH technology benefits:

  • Water solubility (cold and hot water grades)
  • Inherently biodegradable
  • Excellent film forming
  • Good gas barrier
  • Viscosity modifier
  • Non-toxic
  • Solid and liquid solutions
  • Tuneable technology 

With Synthomer’s expertise over a wide range of applications combined with a dedicated R&D and Technical team for our Alcotex® products, we are confident that we can assist you in overcoming your application challenges.

If you are interested in finding a custom solution for your specific application or if you would like to obtain more information, please reach out to our Alcotex® Technical team: alcotex@synthomer.com

Alternatively, you can call our Harlow (UK) site on : +44 (0) 1279 436 211


Recommended Products

Tradename Chemistry Description
ALCOTEX™ 234 OTH Synthomer Ltd has developed Alcotex 234 for use in conjunction with Alcotex 225 as a buildup suppressant for vinyl chloride suspension polymerisation. It eliminates build-up on the reactor baffles and stirrer or areas of poor surface quality. Use of Alcotex 234 will lead to a substantially higher number of production runs before the reactor has to be opened and pressure cleaned. This results in higher productivity rates and a better quality PVC resin.
ALCOTEX™ 432P PVOH Alcotex 432P is a 43% hydrolysed polyvinyl alcohol supplied as a low viscosity methanol based solution. It has been specifically developed by Synthomer Limited as a secondary suspending agent for vinyl chloride suspension polymerisation. It may be used in conjunction with conventional primary suspending agents. In optimised recipes, improvements can be obtained in the porosity/bulk density relationship. Better porosity facilitates both monomer removal and plasticiser uptake. These criteria are further enhanced when Alcotex 432P is used with the Alcotex range of primary suspending agents.
ALCOTEX™ 45 PVOH Alcotex 45 is a 45% hydrolysed polyvinyl alcohol supplied as a low viscosity solution in a water/isopropyl alcohol solution. It has been specifically developed as a secondary suspending agent for vinyl chloride suspension polymerisation. It may be used in conjunction with conventional primary suspending agents. In optimised recipes, improvements can be obtained in the porosity/bulk density relationship. Better porosity facilitates both monomer removal and plasticiser uptake. These criteria are further enhanced when Alcotex 45 is used with the Alcotex range of primary suspending agents. NMR measurements have shown that Alcotex 45 has a random distribution of acetate groups.
ALCOTEX™ 55-002H PVOH Alcotex 55-002H is a colloidal dispersion of polyvinyl alcohol. It has been specifically developed by Synthomer Ltd as a secondary suspending agent for vinyl chloride suspension polymerisation. It may be used in conjunction with conventional primary suspending agents. In optimised recipes, improvements can be obtained in the porosity/bulk density relationship. Better porosity facilitates both monomer removal and plasticiser uptake. These criteria are further enhanced when Alcotex 55-002H is used with the Alcotex range of primary suspending agents. NMR measurements have shown that Alcotex 55- 002H has a random distribution of acetate groups.
ALCOTEX™ 552P PVOH Alcotex 552P is an aqueous solution of a 55% hydrolysed polyvinyl alcohol. It has been developed by Synthomer Ltd as a porosity enhancement agent for PVC suspension polymerisation. It has a low residual methanol content. Alcotex 552P can be used in conjunction with conventional primary suspending agents. In optimised recipes, improvements can be obtained in the porosity/bulk density relationship. Better porosity facilitates both monomer removal and plasticiser uptake. These criteria are further enhanced when Alcotex 552P is used with the Alcotex range of primary suspending agents. NMR measurements have shown that Alcotex 552P has a random distribution of acetate groups.  
ALCOTEX™ 7206 PVOH Alcotex 7206 is a 72.5% hydrolysed, low/ medium molecular weight polyvinyl alcohol which has been specially developed for use as a primary suspending agent for vinyl chloride suspension polymerisation. NMR measurements have shown that Alcotex 7206 has a blocky distribution of acetate groups.
ALCOTEX™ 80 PVOH Alcotex 80 is an 80% hydrolysed high molecular weight polyvinyl alcohol which has been specially developed for use as a primary suspending agent for vinyl chloride suspension polymerisation.
ALCOTEX™ 8847 PVOH Alcotex 8847 is an 88% hydrolysed polyvinyl alcohol for use in speciality applications such as vinyl acetate containing copolymer resins as well as in standard grades. Alcotex 8847 is a high molecular weight polyvinyl alcohol giving a high colloidal stability in PVC suspension polymerisation.
ALCOTEX™ B72 PVOH Alcotex B72 is polyvinyl alcohol which has been specially developed for use as a primary suspending agent for vinyl chloride suspension polymerisation. It is manufactured by Synthomer UK Ltd. using our exclusive manufacturing process which has advantages over other manufacturing methods, in that it allows more efficient control over the degree of hydrolysis and particle size of the product. NMR measurements have shown that Alcotex B72 has a block distribution of acetate groups.
ALCOTEX™ WD100 PVOH Alcotex WD100 is an aqueous solution of a 43% hydrolysed polyvinyl alcohol. It has been specifically developed by Synthomer Ltd as a secondary suspending agent for vinyl chloride polymerisation. Infinitely dilutable in water, and with an extremely low methanol content, Alcotex WD100 offers increased PVC resin porosity and reduced levels of gels or ‘fish eyes’ when compared to traditional products.In optimised recipes, improvements can be obtained in the porosity/bulk density relationship. Better porosity facilitates both monomer removal and plasticiser uptake. These criteria are further enhanced when Alcotex WD100 is used with the Alcotex range of primary suspending agents.  Alcotex WD100 is also compatible with other conventional primary suspending agents. NMR measurements have shown that Alcotex WD100 has a random distribution of acetate groups. The data below represents typical values obtained with different batches of Alcotex WD100.

Contact our technical specialists for a no-obligation discussion of how Synthomer’s Alcotex polyvinyl alcohols can help improve your PVC manufacturing operations.
 

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