DSM Engineering Plastics has expanded further its Green Portfolio with the
introduction of EcoPaXX™, a bio-based, high performance engineering plastic.
The new material, which is based on polyamide (PA) 410, has been developed by
DSM in recent years, and is now set to be commercialized.
Polyamide 410 is a “long-chain polyamide”. It pairs typical long-chain
polyamide properties, such as low moisture absorption, with high melting point
(highest of all bio-plastics) and high crystallization rate (typical for
engineering plastics such as polyamide 66 and Stanyl polyamide 46). It
combines the best of both worlds and is therefore suitable for many high-tech
Zero carbon footprint
Newly-introduced EcoPaXX™ is a green,
bio-based material: approximately 70% of the polymer consists of building
blocks derived from castor oil as a renewable resource. Castor oil is a unique
natural material and is obtained from the Ricinus Communis plant, which grows
in tropical regions. It is grown in relatively poor soil conditions, and its
production does not compete with the food-chain.
EcoPaXX™ has been shown to be 100 % carbon neutral from cradle to gate, which
means that the carbon dioxide which is generated during the production process
of the polymer, is fully compensated by the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed
in the growth phase of the castor beans. According to Kees Tintel, project
manager EcoPaXX™ “the carbon footprint of plastics is rapidly becoming a hot
issue for Customers, therefore they really appreciate EcoPaXX™ being carbon
EcoPaXX™ is a high-performance polyamide with
excellent mechanical properties. It combines the benefits of a high melting
point of ca. 250oC, with a high rate of crystallization enabling high
productivity. The material has low moisture absorption and excellent chemical
and hydrolysis resistance, which makes it highly suitable for various
demanding applications, for instance in the automotive and electrical markets.
A good example is its very good resistance to salts, such as calcium chloride.
Because of its low moisture absorption, EcoPaXX™ will also keep good strength
and stiffness after conditioning.
Market introduction phase
“DSM Engineering Plastics is proud to
have EcoPaXX™, the “Green Performer” , in a market introduction phase.
Combining unique DSM knowledge with the skills of Mother Nature allows our
Customers to benefit from a new step towards a more sustainable world” says
Roelof Westerbeek, President of DSM Engineering Plastics.