Hexion Inc. Breaks the Two-Minute Cycle Time Barrier for Mass Production of Composite Parts

COLUMBUS, Ohio - (March 12, 2013) - The two-minute barrier for mass production of composite parts has been broken by Hexion Inc. ("Hexion" or the "Company"). A new EPIKOTE™ 05475 Binder and EPIKURE™ 05500 fast-cure epoxy system developed for resin transfer molding (RTM) and liquid compression molding (LCM) processes enables mass production of automotive composite parts.


This new system features the same proprietary thermolatency and very low viscosity as the EPIKOTE™ 05475 Binder and EPIKURE™ 05443 curing agent launched at JEC in 2012. The properties ensure excellent fiber wetting and cavity filling, which leads to outstanding handling and processing properties. In addition the new cure process is further accelerated without an extensive exothermic reaction.


"This is a great achievement. LCM is the fastest process for flat panels and a process cycle of less than 2 minutes can be achieved, while RTM is the recommended process for the more complex shapes," said Dr. Roman Hillermeier, technology development manager for the Company. "In addition, the system already meets the future health, safety and environmental requirements outlined by REACH 2015."


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.