SPE Vinyltec® 2020

Philip Richards

Philip Richards, PhD

Manager: Wax and IPC

Fischer Tropsch Wax: Boosting Performance in Rigid PVC Extrusion


In this paper, through the use of case studies, Sasol will present how synthetic Fischer Tropsch wax can be used as very efficient external lubricants in this application, and highlight some of the unexpected performance benefits that are associated with these additives not only in the quality of the final PVC article but also in the effects seen during the extrusion process.

About the Speaker

Dr. Philip Richards is Manager: Wax and IPC (Inks, Paints, Coatings) at Sasol Research and Development in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry before joining Sasol in South Africa as a Senior Scientist. He has been with the company for 13 years, initially working in process chemistry before changing to application development and support for the past 6 years. Here he led development work in polymer and adhesive applications for the wax business before transferring to his current US-based role last year.

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