Solvay is collaborating with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) on the development of renewably-sourced speciality polymers. The work is initially focused on high-temperature bio-based polyamides based on castor oil-derived Sebacic acid.
“This collaboration brings together two world-class companies who seek to extend the performance profile of bio-based polyamides,” said George Corbin, president of Solvay Advanced Polymers. “This is driven by environmentally-conscious manufacturers who are continually striving for new sustainable alternatives.”
Corbin added that Solvay’s expertise in polymerising and compounding high-heat polyamides and its extensive knowledge and global reach in high-performance plastics bring significant value to the relationship.
“We’re very positive about the valuable synergies resulting from this joint development work,” said Chikara Morishima, general manager, Aromatic Chemicals Division, for MGC. “The expertise of MGC and its affiliates in aminated monomers and polymers and Solvay’s leading global marketing activity in high-temperature polymers make this a strong team capable of opening up new doors in bio-based polyamides.”
The new material boasts low moisture retention, a high crystallisation rate, excellent wear resistance and good toughness. Key potential uses include reflow soldering applications, high-temperature automotive parts and sliding applications (gears).
Source: PRW.com, 2010-10-25.