Engineering Materials

High performance plastics for water management applications

Our portfolio includes a number of engineering plastics ideal for use in contact with the drinking water supply. These applications are challenging due to long-term exposure to water and high temperatures.

Innovations in drinking water supply applications

Lead leaching into drinking water presents a major health risk. While faucets, water meter components, and fitting systems have traditionally used brass, copper, lead, and other metals, regulations on permissible lead levels have been strengthened. Also the demand for potable and warm water is increasing especially in high-growth economies, requiring cost solutions. This is driving the industry to look for alternative material solutions that are completely lead free, meeting local regulatory drinking water requirements for potable water distribution networks around the world.

High performance thermoplastic materials can help eliminate lead from these applications and can offer further simplification of designs, reduction of weight, further downsizing and reduction of the total system costs by eliminating metal components. An important aspect of these plastics is a good level of the weldline strength and its retention after storage under the extreme use conditions.

Our (hot) water supply materials portfolio

Explore our applications

Our portfolio includes a number of engineering plastics ideal for use in contact with (hot) drinking water. These applications are challenging due to long term exposure to hot water, humidity at high temperature, and aggressive cleaners, and required designs still having weldlines. 

Selecting the right grade

For these applications we have developed high performance special control grades that have certification for drinking water and food applications in our Stanyl (PA46), Xytron (PPS), EcoPaXX (PA410), ForTii and ForTii Ace (PPA) portfolio.

Explore our water supply applications

Faucet mixing valve

Building & construction | Water management

EcoPaXX® PA410 allows for reliable solutions due to its superior toughness, its improved bonding strength, its high hydrolytic stability (NSF61 is hot water certified) and its excellent dimensional stability; EcoPaXX® PA410 leads to sustainable solutions since it is partly bio-based

Pipe Fittings

Building & construction | Water management

Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its good mechanical properties (stiff and tough) and its better surface appearance than PA66; Stanyl® PA46 allows for more economical and reliable solutions than PES or PPSU also as a result of a very good creep resistance at elevated temperatures;Xytron™ PPS can provide super hydrolysis.
  • PA410 - EcoPaXX®

    EcoPaXX is a high-performance aliphatic, biobased polyamide that uniquely balances the benefits of typical short and long chain polyamides, such as low moisture uptake and high mechanical performance.

  • PA4T PPA - ForTii®

    ForTii has a unique PPA's technology with high amide density. The ForTii platform includes polymers that are the highest crystalline, highest melting point and highest glass transition temperature amongst all PPA.

  • PPS - Xytron™

    Xytron is a high performance plastics compound based on linear polyphenylene sulfide. Xytron offers extreme chemical resistance, dimensional stability, and is intrinsically flame retardant.

Featured products

With our broad, high-quality materials portfolio and in-depth technology know-how, we work in close collaboration with customers to develop new applications in response to the search for lighter, stronger and more durable materials.

Here's a selection of some of our most recognized brands and products, keeping you ahead of the curve and enabling you to lead the market through the use of cutting-edge technology.

Further reading

DSM expands water management range with new ForTii Ace high-performance polyamide

DSM’s EcoPaXX tapping into drinking water-contact applications

DSM expands water management range with new ForTii Ace high-performance polyamide and Xytron PPS compounds

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