MOSCOW (MRC) -- German speciality chemicals producer Lanxess is expanding its polyamide 6 Durethan P product series with the addition of two new materials, said Chemicals-technology.
The two new variants, namely Durethan BKV50PH2.0 and Durethan BKV60PH2.0EF, can be used as an alternative to the polyamide 66 materials and feature short glass fibre content levels of 50% and 60% by weight, respectively.
Lanxess noted that the alphabet ‘P’ in the Durethan P product series stands for performance, and the new grades have the ability to withstand more cyclical mechanical loads than standard products with the same glass fibre content.
“As a result, we also see both product innovations as cost-effective alternatives to polyamide 66 compounds."
The new variants can be used to support structures for electrical and electronics modules in batteries for electric vehicles (EV’s), engine oil pans, engine, chassis mounts and seat shells for passenger cars.
Durethan development expert Dr Thomas Linder said: “As a result, we also see both product innovations as cost-effective alternatives to polyamide 66 compounds, which have become significantly more expensive recently due to their limited availability."
In order to further assess the behaviour of its materials under a pulsating load, Lanxess has developed a HiAnt fatigue screening test, which is based on a conventional Wohler test.
Last October, Lanxess showcased Durethan BKV30PH2.0, BKV35PH2.0, BKV40PH2.0, and Durethan BKV130P, the first representatives of its new product range at Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing.
Last September, Lanxess announced a multimillion-euro investment in its global production network for high-performance plastics with the construction of a compounding facility at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site in Germany.
Lanxess is a leading specialty chemicals company with about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 74 production sites worldwide. The core business of Lanxess is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through Arlanxeo, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, Lanxess is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber.