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Think Small: Personal Experts

When you work with Mallard Creek Polymers, or MCP, you work with a small group of experts. These people listen while you explain what you're looking for, they'll develop a customized solution that works, and they'll be there when you come back with your next request. Working with MCP means having a team dedicated to...

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What's in Your Can? A Chat With Evonik About Defoamers & Deaerators

Mallard Creek Polymers: What is a defoamer / deaerator’s purpose in the system?

Evonik: Defoamers prevent formation of foam during manufacture and application of coatings and printing inks. Foam that is already formed is destroyed and air occlusions are prevented. Deaerators prevent development of air occlusions and...

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Think Small: Affordable Customization

Product differentiation is one route to higher profits, but it's hard to be different from competitors if you all use the same raw materials. The answer is to use customized latex emulsions, but finding suppliers can be difficult. Many, especially those with large scale manufacturing processes, want to see the potential...

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What's in A Can?

 Water-based coatings are on the rise.  Whether it’s for a waterproofing coatings, a flexible elastomeric film, or a concrete sealer, going water based allows for a more environmentally friending product offering with easy clean up.  Choosing the right raw materials for a formulation can be challenging when you are trying...

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Understanding the Glass Transition Temperature

Read the specifications for any Mallard Creek Polymer product and you'll see a number for its glass transition temperature. Written as “Tg,” this helps users anticipate how the latex polymer will behave at it's service temperature. In this blog post we'll explain some of the science behind Tg and the implications for...

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Winter & Cold Weather Shipments

Winter will be here soon and MCP has you in mind. Water based emulsions will freeze at or below 32 °F, therefore MCP takes great care to ensure that shipments are not compromised due to winter weather conditions. Below are some of the ways we protect your product from our location to yours.

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What is tack, peel, & shear?

Lift the corner on a removable film and it should pull away cleanly and easily. Try the same on a shipping label and it should adhere stubbornly to the package. Both are adhesive applications yet the needs are very different. The way an adhesive performs is strongly influenced by the latex polymer emulsion included in the...

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Who is Mallard Creek Polymers?

 Mallard Creek Polymers manufactures styrene-butadiene, styrene-acrylic, and acrylic emulsions at our 150 acre facility near Charlotte, North Carolina. Since 1962, we’ve expanded the product line and invested in an R&D and headquarters building in nearby University Research Park. Today, the company is recognized as a...

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Styrene Butadiene Latex

Styrene Butadiene latex is a polymer emulsion composed of two hydrocarbon monomers, styrene and butadiene. Styrene is derived from reacting benzene and ethylene; at room temperature it is a colorless oily liquid with a sweet odor. Butadiene is a byproduct of ethylene production and is a colorless gas with a faint odor of...

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Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR)

Moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR), sometimes referred to as water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), is a measure of the passage of water vapor through an article during a period of time. There are many applications of synthetic emulsion polymers in which moisture control is critical. 

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Acrylic Polymers

Acrylic polymer emulsions are water based polymers that can be produced from methyl methacrylate, butyl acrylate, 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, acrylic acid, methyl acrylate, etc. By selecting the appropriate hard and soft monomers, polymers with specific attributes for a variety of end-use applications can be built.

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Glass-transition Temperature (Tg)

The “hard” or “soft” classification is related to the glass transition temperature of the monomer. The glass transition temperature, Tg, is the temperature region where the polymer transitions from a hard, glassy material to a soft, rubbery material. For example, the Tg of styrene and butadiene is 100 °C and -80 °C,...

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