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Akulon Fuel Lock

DSM launched Akulon Fuel Lock nylon/polyamide (PA6) monolayer technology in 2011. Today, leading global manufacturers have trusted Akulon for years, and the third-generation technology continues to deliver superior performance versus HDPE. 

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Born out of the need for a more eco-friendly product after stricter emissions regulations, Akulon® Fuel Lock emerged as a functional replacement for the HDPE materials commonly used for small-engine fuel tanks.

DSM Engineering Plastics continues to offer many cutting-edge products that meet the needs of the ever-changing global community. Akulon Fuel Lock is just one of those products, emerging as the perfect material for use in small-engine fuel tanks.

In the 1990s, stricter guidelines for reducing the evaporative emissions of small off-road equipment were instituted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With other countries preparing to follow suit, DSM saw an opportunity to make an environmental impact in the outdoor power equipment (OPE) industry, leading to the 2011 launch of our Fuel Lock products.

Today, leading global manufacturers have trusted Akulon for years, and the third-generation technology continues to deliver superior performance versus HDPE.

Key Benefits

  • Tanks with 2 mm wall thickness molded from Akulon® Fuel Lock perform at exceptionally low evaporative emission rate of 80% below the U.S. EPA and CARB regulation limits
  • Supports sustainable practices by avoiding fluorination, a traditional barrier technology for high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • High impact resistance at cold temperature to -40°C
  • Offers the ability to design thinner-wall fuel tanks that reduce weight material while increasing fuel capacity
  • Utilizes standard injection molding and blow molding tools and machines
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Featured applications

High pressure type IV composite fuel tanks

Automotive | Engine | Fuel System

Akulon® Fuellock PA6 allows for lightweight solutions compared to metals; Akulon® Fuellock PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its low permeability performance againt CNG, its high impact resistance down to -60°C, its high elongation down to -60°C; Akulon® Fuellock PA6 allows for cost effective solutions due to its good processability

Outdoor power product fuel tanks

Consumer goods | Lawn & garden

Akulon® Fuellock PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to good UV-stability and excellent barrier to evaporative emissions compared to fluorinated HDPE; Akulon® Fuellock PA6 allows for cost effective solutions due to increased design freedom (minimum wall thickness possible up to 1.2mm)

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The versatile high performance polyamide

Akulon is our family of high performance polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 materials, used by customers across the world in applications ranging from automotive, electronics, and electrical to furniture and packaging. We offer Akulon grades for injection molding, blow molding and extrusion (including barrier film, stock shapes, convoluted tubes, monofilament and multifilament).

In molded parts, the material offers an excellent balance of easy design and processing with outstanding mechanical properties over a wide temperature range and in diverse conditions. Meanwhile for extrusion, the strength, resilience and easy processing of Akulon sets the market standards.

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