As one can imagine, this has stirred up the European food contact market. Brands are liable for determining food contact compliance and they need to stay up to date on the changing regional regulations and interpretations. Several kitchen utensils brands have already started to replace PA66 in Europe and even globally. This in itself is already a lot of work and changing material requires a diverse expert team. Even worse, when a different material class needs to be used, this requires new tooling and/or even changes in design.
Because of the market’s globalization, manufacturers can benefit by working with DSM’s global experts teams, which understand the regulations in the different regions and have relevant application and material expertise.
Kitchen utensil applications are technical in nature, calling for good aesthetics, unique properties or different shading elements—you want your brand to stand out and be unique in the market place. DSM offers a broad portfolio of alternative material solutions that can do just that by replacing PA66 in the same tooling and meet the cyclic oligomer exposure according to the BfR assessment.
We offer EcoPaXX PA410 and Stanyl PA46 food contact grades commercially proven in kitchen utensils, which have very similar performance profile and feel. As additional value for the consumer, EcoPaXX is a partially bio-based material and Stanyl has a higher peak use temperature and remains stiffer at the cooking temperatures.
To learn more about EcoPaXX or Stanyl, or to request test samples, contact us or visit plasticsfinder.com for additional information, including technical data sheets.