RadiciGroup Performance Plastics introduced a new blow molding grade polyamide (PA) capable of resisting continuous hot air temperatures up to 230°C.
The material, developed in collaboration with Röchling Automotive, was presented at the 21st Plastic Materials Congress, which took place in Varese, Italy on November 17.
It belongs to RadiciGroup's range of RADILON PA products that are used in the automotive, electrical & electronics (E&E), industrial and consumer goods industry.
The new product is a copolymer with a semi-aromatic component, which, in combination with other additives used to retard the thermal oxidation process, endows the material with high heat resistance while providing high melt strength and good blow moldability.
Trials and validations tests performed by Röchling Automotive have shown a weight reduction of 15%, reduced energy consumption in production by 5-7%, and enhanced impact resistance compared to polyphenylene sulfide (PPS).
Commenting on the collaboration with Röchling Automotive to develop air pipes for turbocharged engines for a major car manufacturer, Erico Spini, Marketing and Application Development Director Europe of RadiciGroup Plastics, stressed that "collaboration and continual interaction with our customers give rise to customized products that are unique and able to ensure the best performance and best characteristics for any specific application need."