DSM has added a higher viscosity extrusion grade to its portfolio of EcoPaXX polyamide 410 for the film, fibre and monofilament markets. The polymer is already available as an injection moulding grade.
Kees Tintel, Business Manager EcoPaXX said: “The successful development of EcoPaXX is a clear example of DSM’s commitment to sustainability. Following its market introduction and subsequent development and commercialisation of applications, DSM has now increased its polymer production to full industrial scale. Moreover, the production can be expanded further, allowing DSM to fully meet customer demands.”
DSM started to develop EcoPaXX, a bio-based polyamide 410 product range, in 2009, — it first came to market in 2010.
Currently, EcoPaXX is used in covers for turbo engines by Daimler, BMW and Bentley, due to its high temperature resistance, dimensional stability and high quality surface properties. VW selected EcoPaXX for use in one of its latest engines for a crankshaft cover, where heat- and chemical resistance, together with dimensional stability are key requirements. Because of the good fuel resistance of EcoPaXX, it is used in a number of fuel contact applications. DSM says that EcoPaXX is also extremely resistant to polar media, such as cooling liquids.
In building and construction, EcoPaXX has been used in insulating profiles for aluminium windows. Its bio-based characteristics combined with its high temperature resistance makes it suitable for in-line powder coating at 200˚C. In the sports and leisure industry, where stiffness combined with toughness and/or bend recovery are often key requirements, EcoPaXX has been used in ski- and/or snowboard bindings and other winter sports applications.