Hexion to Unveil New EPIKOTE™ 620 Preform Binder System at JEC Show in Paris

COLUMBUS, Ohio - (March 12, 2013) - Automobile manufacturers are now better able to mass produce composite parts thanks to a new binder system introduced today by Hexion Inc. ("Hexion" or the "Company"). The EPIKOTE™ 620 Binder System, introduced at the JEC Composites Show in Paris, enables mass production of automotive composites using hot-melt preforming processes.


EPIKOTE™ 620 Binder System is a one-component, cure-able powder binder that can be conveniently applied to carbon or glass fibers and fabrics as a powder using a hot-melt coating process. In the softening temperature range between 80 - 100°C, the EPIKOTE™ 620 Binder System exhibits excellent application behavior and provides the fabric with good workability and drape-ability, comparable to the EPIKOTE™ 05390 powder binder used in many applications today. Once the desired shape of preform is achieved, a short cure cycle above 120°C will initiate internal crosslinking / curing of the binder. This higher-temperature fixation gives the preform the right stiffness for easy handling. It also ensures that the preform retains its dimensional stability even under demanding processes such as the high-pressure resin transfer molding (RTM) typical of automotive mass production processing of composite parts.


The EPIKOTE™ 620 Binder System is very compatible and complementary with the innovative fast-cure EPIKOTE/EPIKURE™ binder systems Hexion has introduced for the Automotive Composite market. "Given the additional preform integrity provided by the cure-able binder, it is expected that process developers may be able to increase flow/mold fill rates of increasing complexity of preforms, further reducing the time needed for the RTM injection step," said Dr. Roman Hillermeier, Transportation technology manager for the Company.


About the Company 

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Inc. (formerly known as Hexion, Inc.) is the global leader in thermoset resins. Hexion Inc. serves the global wood and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries.  Hexion Inc. is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC.


About Hexion 

Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC ("Hexion") is the ultimate parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion Inc. Hexion is a global leader in specialty chemicals and materials, with a broad range of advanced specialty products that help industrial and consumer companies support and improve everyday life. Its technology portfolio delivers tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of its customers around the world.  Hexion was formed in October 2010 through the combination of entities that indirectly owned Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion, Inc. The capital structures and legal entity structures of both Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion Inc. (formerly known as Hexion, Inc.), and their respective subsidiaries and direct parent companies, remain separate. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion Inc. file separate financial and other reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Hexion is controlled by investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC. Additional information about Hexion and its products is available at www.hexion.com.