Mr. Vishal Mehta, Founder & Managing Director, Aquent Advance Material Technologies Pvt. Ltd., shares insights on the bonding and coating resin solutions by Aquent and coupling agents for Optical Fibre Cables (OFCs).
Aquent has established coating resins that give higher bonding performance for both thermal and UV coating FRP rods in optical fibre cables. Aquent started its journey in the wire & cable industry as a supplier of speciality polymers and elastomers a decade ago. Gaining the application knowledge and continuous efforts to contribute to the customer development process made Aquent an integral part of HFFR & OFC segments.
The addition of the latest functional polymer manufacturing business with technological support from technical experts from the USA has taken Aquent to the next level in providing solutions to the wire and cable Industry in India.
Today Aquent has penetrated strongly in product lines which are:
- Coupling agents for HFFR cables
- Bonding resins used in OFR cable construction
Aquent’s coupling agents AADIBOND EC 1226 and AADIBOND EC1227 are used in Halogen Free Flame Retardant (HFFR) compounding for enhancing the mechanical properties of flame retardancy and long-term durability of cables.
The coupling agents form bonding with the flame retardant additives like ATH or MDH and provide better tensile properties, elongation, flame retardancy, and durability over time. For several years, the cable makers were depending on imported coupling agents. It was a pain point in getting the materials timely and also was not economical. Today, Aquent provides timely high-quality products that are made in India.
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Similarly, the Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) industry was dependent on the imported bonding resin used in enhancing bonding between strength member (FRP) and coating polymer.
The bonding resin is a critical component coated on the FRP rod which bonds with the next coating layer to give enough pull strength during the installation process of cables. There were limited global sources and supply storage was a big pain point.
Aquent’s AADIMER OFC 3942 series bonding resins are matching the performance parameter was a big challenge that Aquent cracked & today, we proudly say, most of the key optical fibre suppliers moved to Aquent for the solution.
As FTTH and 5G move towards exponential growth in India, Aquent has geared up for the demand to meet customers’ volumes and timelines. Aquent has become a trusted value chain partner in OFC. Aquent developed FRP bonding coating indigenously and geared up to supply the upcoming OFC demand of India and the world.