To offer a drop-in solution to overcome the PA66 shortage, we developed an alternative material: The Akulon® IG series is a portfolio of material grades made by combining the strength of PA6 and PA46 – two materials that are fully independent of the Adiponitrile/hexamethyldiamine supply.
Performance benefits, PA66 shortage driving increased bio-based plastics use in automotive
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.
Two-wheeler technical know-how: DSM’s materials provide the strength and durability that electric scooters need
A number of e-scooter components require specialized materials to ensure safe and reliable performance. DSM’s portfolio includes materials designed to meet the specific needs of these applications.
How to survive the structural PA66 shortage
Under current market conditions, the supply chain for polyamide 66 (PA66) is under pressure. With the surge in demand for developing lightweight vehicles and pushing the connectivity revolution forward, supply is too concentrated to reliably meet global demand.
Material selection for the thermal management system in an electric vehicle
As global growth of fully electric and hybrid vehicle powertrains accelerates, so is the need for increasingly effective vehicle thermal management systems (TMS). Since electric and hybrid systems face different design challenges, it is important to consider the unique needs of each application before specifying a material
How to ensure high-voltage systems for electric vehicles meet the most stringent safety standards
The future of automotive is electric. Learn more about the high-voltage systems in electric vehicles.
Five tips: Choosing the right engineering plastic for E&E connectors
For decades, DSM has worked with the world’s leading electrical and electronic (E&E) manufacturers to understand the material requirements and create industry-leading engineering plastics customized for connector applications. Learn more
How engineering plastics are powering electric vehicle growth
As consumer acceptance of electric vehicles continues to rise, the need for equivalently advanced material solutions in growing. DSM offers a wide range of product portfolio which addresses these diverse needs.
Akulon IG, a PA6/46 blend, offers the best of both worlds
What do you get when you combine the strengths of DSM’s Stanyl® and Akulon®? You get the best of both worlds in Akulon IG®. —a portfolio of material grades, suited to all processing techniques, including injection molding, that covers many applications.
A two-wheel revolution: How electric scooters will help combat air pollution
Electric motorcycles and scooters are a key component in air pollution reduction strategies, particularly in cities where the cost of electric cars is unattainable for most people. Improving the range and lifespan of e-scooters takes lightweight, durable, and flame-retardant materials, making DSM’s portfolio of engineering plastics critical to this expanding market.
Can annealing improve material performance and lifespan?
Finding the right balance in between manterial requirements has caused many manufacturers to avoid secondary processing steps such as annealing. However, annealing can result in a significant improvement on a part’s performance, and in this blog we’d like to dive a little deeper into the annealing process, its benefits and attention points.