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Performance benefits, PA66 shortage driving increased bio-based plastics use in automotive

6 February 2019
  • Ronald LigthartGlobal Technical Product Manager

Despite the clear sustainability benefits, for many years bio-based plastics have struggled to grow beyond a few niche applications in the automotive industry.

However, this is starting to change as automakers discover some of the unique performance characteristics a bio-based resin can provide versus more traditional materials.

Recently, we joined Composites World magazine to discuss this trend, as well as the growing use of bio-based resins for composite applications, particularly those using unidirectional tapes.

DSM’s EcoPaXX® line of PA410 bio-based engineering plastics uses the castor bean to leverage a carbon-neutral feedstock while providing the following unique benefits:

  • Cost Comparable: As a global PA66 shortage continues, EcoPaXX offers a sustainable alternative that doesn’t sacrifice performance.
  • Saves Weight: Since EcoPaXX maintains its strength during aging, this enables thin-walled parts that reduce weight by 30% over alternatives such as PA66.
  • Utilize Existing Tooling: With EcoPaXX, there is no need to invest in new tooling since it can be molded using the same processes as PA66.
  • Resists Moisture: EcoPaXX absorbs 30% less moisture than PA66 and even 40% less than PA66, offering additional benefits over traditional polyamides in terms of dimensional stability and hydrolysis resistance.

To learn more about the unique characteristics of EcoPaXX, contact us or visit plasticsfinder.com for additional information, including technical data sheets.

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