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Polyethylene Waxes

VISCOWAX® is a well known brand of waxes, produced at Innospec’s high pressure polymerization and wax oxidization plants in Leuna, Germany.

Used in a many applications to improve processing and end product properties, the range includes:

  • PE-waxes that offer a broad range of hardness, viscosity and melting points for diverse requirements: VISCOWAX® 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 122, 123, 124, 126
  • Oxidized PE-waxes for use in polar plastics, such as PVC and for use in water-based wax emulsions: VISCOWAX® 253, 252, 272, 271, 262, 261

PE-waxes provide the following properties:

  • Melting temperatures
  • Structure, crystallinity, melting heat
  • Crystallization temperature and heat
  • Melt viscosity
  • Polarity, reactivity
  • Chemical inertness
  • Hardness
  • Gloss
  • Dispersability
  • Emulsification
  • Adhesion
  • Hydrophobic properties
  • Thermostability
  • Film forming.

These properties enable PE-waxes to provide important functions, including:

  • Lubricating – offering both internal and external lubrication due to decreased friction
  • Wetting and dispersing – low viscosity enables VISCOWAX®  to wet pigments or additives easily, resulting in higher dispersion quality
  • Surface modifying – for improved hydrophobing, sealing, smoothness, gloss, matting, slip, anti-blocking, scratch resistance, abrasion resistance and mar resistance in coatings and printing inks
  • Retention / rheology – to produce pastes for polishes or adjust rheological properties in coating formulations
  • Release / parting – inert, non-sticky films formed and used as mould release agents
  • Viscosity adjustment – reduction of viscosity to assist final product processing.


VISCOWAX® products are produced using polymerization, based on the relevant monomers, opposed to waxes, which are produced by a degradation process.

 VISCOWAX® waxes are of consistently high quality and deliver exacting specifications and high thermal stability.

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