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Engineering Materials

Food & water contact appliances & utensils

Browse through our portfolio of high performance plastics solutions for kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils and industrial food preparation applications that come into contact with foods or potable water

Innovative materials for food & water contact applications

Materials used for kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils and industrial food preparation applications need to meet strict food contact requirements as after water comes out of the tap it is considered food. Besides the strict local regulatory requirements, there are often challenging requirements in appliances, such as coffee machines for long-term use in contact with hot water or steam, or simply for high mechanical performance at elevated temperatures that prevent the use of commodity plastics. Even kitchen utensils, such as spatulas, pan handles, and cake ring slicers, need to meet high temperature mechanical and food contact requirements since these utensils are used for frying and baking.

High performance thermoplastic materials can help eliminate lead from these applications. A second advantage is that these plastics 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.

Browse our food contact appliances material solutions

A broad portfolio

Our portfolio includes a number of engineering plastics ideal for use in contact with hot drinking water and food. 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.

Featured customer applications

Garlic press

Consumer goods | Household utensils

Akulon® PA6 allows for light weight, cost effective solutions in comparison with metals (no corrosion protection coating needed with PA6); Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 allows for great appearance solutions, since it yields a better surface appearance than PA66 and PPA (even at 50-60%GF); Akulon® UltraFlow PA6 allows for even more cost effective solutions, since it yields faster moulding than standard PA6 and enables thinner wall designs

Grill Handles

Consumer goods | Household utensils

Akulon® PA6 allows for light weight, cost effective solutions in comparison with metals (no corrosion protection coating needed with PA6); Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 allows for great appearance solutions, since it yields a better surface appearance than PA66 and PPA (even at 50-60%GF); Akulon® UltraFlow PA6 allows for even more cost effective solutions, since it yields faster moulding than standard PA6 and enables thinner wall designs

Soft touch in spatulas and kitchenware

Consumer goods | Household utensils

Arnitel® TPC allows for reliable solutions because of its excellent adhesion with PBT in 2K injection moulding, its superb scratch resistance (which make kitchen tools look better even after years of intensive usage), its chemical resistance (dish washer proof) and its approvals for direct food contact

Spatulas and Kitchenware

Consumer goods | Household utensils

Stanyl® PA46 and Akulon® PA66 allow reliable solutions, since Stanyl® PA46 offers much higher melting temperature and HDT than PA66 and Akulon® PA66 has significantly higher melting temperature resistance than PP and PA6; Stanyl® PA46 allows for cost effective solutions since it offers high flowability enabling very thin wall designs and faster injection moulding cycle times than PA66

Explore our product portfolio

  • PA6 & PA66 - Akulon®

    Akulon polyamide 6 & 66 resins represent the best value in all-purpose engineering materials, offering an excellent balance of design and processing with outstanding mechanical properties in diverse operating environments.

  • 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.

  • PET & PBT - Arnite®

    Our Arnite portfolio includes high performance engineering polyester plastics (PBT, PET, and blends) that combine high strength and rigidity with excellent processing characteristics.

  • TPC - Arnitel®

    Arnitel is a high-performance ThermoPlastic Copolyester (TPC) that offers you a unique combination of flexibility, high temperature resistance and strength - plus excellent processing characteristics.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PA6 & PA66 - Novamid®

    Specialty Polyamides based on PA6, PA66, PA6/66 with grades that offer performances that go beyond the standard range. A wide variety of grade customizations are available to meet specific demands.

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