Published On: Wed, May 11th, 2016

Solvay obtains extensive drinking water contact approvals for Technyl portfolio

Solvay Engineering Plastics announced that its entire range of Technyl polyamide (PA) 6.6 and Technyl eXten PA 6.10 materials for plumbing applications has obtained full drinking water contact approvals from the following leading certification authorities: NSF-61 (U.S.); WRAS (UK); ACS (France); KTW and W270 (Germany).

Typical end products in this market include pumps, water meters, manifolds, fittings and valves as well as boilers, filters and other plumbing components.

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Solvay obtains extensive drinking water contact approvals for Technyl portfolio

In addition, Technyl PA 6.6 materials are approved by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and all Technyl products in the plumbing portfolio meet European Regulation (EU) 10/2011 as amended for materials intended to come into contact with food.

“Very few industries impose more stringent standards than plumbing in terms of safety and health, especially with respect to choosing materials for products and components coming into contact with water,” said Wilson Chan, Global C&E (Consumer & Electrical) Market Director for Solvay Engineering Plastics. “Choosing our Technyl® plumbing materials with complete certification in place can significantly shorten the product design and approval time for global manufacturers.”

PA-based Technyl products provide a number of key benefits over conventional plumbing materials such as brass, copper, non-alloy steel and aluminum, according to Solvay. They eliminate the risk of galvanic corrosion associated with these metals reduce cost and facilitate compliance with tighter regulations on permissible levels of lead in drinking water.

In addition to achieving certification, Solvay is one of the first companies to offer PA 6.10 material specifically formulated for the plumbing market. As introduced, Technyl eXten offers the same benefits as PA6.6, plus lower water-uptake, yielding exceptional dimensional stability and chlorine resistance while maintaining strong mechanical performance.