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DSM in Outdoor Power Equipment

Akulon® polyamide 6: Strong and tough

Akulon® polyamide resins (PA6 and PA66) represent great value in all-purpose engineering materials for the Outdoor Power Equipment industry. Ideal for metal replacement, Akulon is used extensively for molded parts and offers an excellent balance of flexible design and easy processing with outstanding mechanical properties over a wide temperature range. It looks good too…

Our expertise in polymers in general - and Akulon in particular - comes from a long history as a leading producer of polyamide resins supported by our backwards-integrated global position in Caprolactam - the raw material for Polyamide 6. We are one of the world’s largest producers of this raw material, which enables us to play a unique role in working with automotive customers to solve their challenges.

Akulon PA6 is a glass-fiber reinforced polyamide 6 used in applications ranging from chainsaw and engine covers to fuel and gas tank systems to intake manifolds. It’s superior in many respects not just to traditional metals, but also to other plastics.

Akulon Fuel Lock is a family of cost-competitive materials that reduce evaporative emissions from small engine fuel tanks by more than 99%. This far exceeds the regulations set out by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This solution in small engine tanks can help prevent the release of 250 million tons of hydrocarbons into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Akulon Ultraflow offers an 80% improved flow and 25% reduction in injection molding cycle times versus regular Polyamide 6 grades. Furthermore, this same material provides a superior finish to reinforced nylon components like engine covers – ideal for products like mowers and snowmobiles where users take great pride in their appearance.