High Performance Polymers for Fiber Optic Cable


Arkema manufactures a variety of resins for fiber cable constructions. The most popular is Kynar Flex® 3030. This grade has the unique mix of flexibility, low shrink-back, cold temperature impact strength and is UL rated to 150°C. This grade is available in plenum and non-plenum versions. See the Product Focus Section below.

Applications where Kynar® PVDF is used in fiber optic cable construction

  • Outer jacket
  • Buffer tubes
  • Furcation tubes
  • Microducts
  • Connector housing
  • Conduit
  • Strength member

Key Properties

  • Very low shrinkback (CTE 0.4%), low attenuation
  • Easy processing on conventional equipment
  • Elevated continuous use temp (150°C)
  • Cold impact resistance
    (down to -25°C)
  • Flexibility from 36 to 250 Kpsi
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Outstanding flame & smoke performance

Key Markets

  • Automotive
  • Oil & Gas
  • Datacenter / LAN / Telecommunications
  • Plenum
  • Industrial
  • Mining
  • Military


Product Focus: Kynar Flex® 3030-15

Kynar Flex® 3030 is the best choice for low temperature shrinkage, fiber construction.  Jacket shrinkage from room temperature to -40°C is estimated to be 0.43%.  Per ICEA 596, the maximum cable jacket shrinkage with cable core shall be less than 5%.


Key Benefits of Kynar Flex® 3030:

  • Low shrinkback, low attenuation
  • Flexibilty
  • Cold temperature impact
  • Plenum rated


Common grades:

  • Kynar Flex® 3030-10 (Datasheet US/SI)        
  • Kynar Flex® 3030-15 (Datasheet US/SI)
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