Celanese to expand engineered materials portfolio with a polyamide platform
Celanese Corporation announced its plan to add polyamide (PA) 6 and PA 6/6 to its engineered materials portfolio.
Produced with Celanese’s “differentiated” technology, some grades of nylon will be available immediately and some will be available beginning in the third quarter of 2016.
“With the addition of these high performance products to one of the world’s broadest, most technically proven engineered materials portfolios, Celanese will leverage its technical capabilities to create differentiated solutions for our customers and be positioned to deliver greater value to molders, tier suppliers and OEMs in key industries including automotive, consumer goods and electrical/electronics,” said Scott Sutton, President of Materials Solutions for Celanese.
Celanese said it will develop nylon offerings based on the following technologies:
- Appearance technologies that leverage MetaLX metal-effect capabilities, lasermarkable abilities, and pre-color compounding;
- Melt-impregnation technologies for structural applications to expand the company’s Celstran LFT and Composites product offerings; and
- Blend technologies that combine different types of nylons with Celanese materials including Thermx PCT, Vectra and Zenite LCP, Fortron PPS, CoolPoly thermally conductive polymers , and Fortron Flex PPS for improved performance.
Targeted applications of a new Celanese nylon offering would include both large and small consumer appliances such as washers, dryers and power tools; automotive parts and components including interior, exterior and under-hood applications; and E&E applications including mobile devices, data storage devices and home electronics.
A nylon offering will also support the need to develop aesthetic Class A surface appearance parts and components that meet colorability, lasermarking and structural functions.