DSM launches next generation high performance polyamides

DSM unveils next generation polyamides for automotive industry

7:42 AM, 21st October 2016
DSM launches ForTii  Ace next generation high performance polyamides
This new polymer plays an important role in helping the Automotive OEMs to meet the strict carbon dioxide (CO2) emission rules globally.

SINGAPORE: Royal DSM unveils a new polymer, that act as a replacement material for die-cast metals and very costly high-performance engineering thermoplastics like PEEK.

ForTii Ace, next generations high-performance polyphthalamide (PPA), based on 4T chemistry. It has an outstanding set of mechanical, thermal and chemical properties.

This new polymer plays an important role in helping the Automotive OEMs to meet the strict carbon dioxide (CO2) emission rules globally. Additionally, it has higher resistance to various automotive oils and chemicals compared to PEEK.

Most thermoplastics meant for automotive diecast metal replacement display a critical drop in mechanical performance when operating at temperatures over 125°C. With its high glass transition temperature and high crystallinity, the mechanical performance and the heat-aging performance of ForTii Ace are superior to rival polyphthalamides based on polyamides 6T, 9T and 10T.

Actually, with the extreme chemical resistance and mechanical performance, some grades of ForTii Ace will even provide cost-effective alternatives to polyetheretherketone, PEEK, in selected applications. The ForTii Ace family will include grades with various types of fillers and reinforcements, including glass and carbon fibres at addition rates of up to 50 percent.

“With ForTii Ace, DSM is leaping forward into die-cast metal replacement area, allowing OEMs to replace metals in applications that have been too challenging up to now. ForTii Ace is the only PPA with an aromatic content of over 50 percent by weight,” said Konraad Dullaert, global business manager for ForTii at DSM.

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