DSM Engineering Plastics has announced the commercialization of Akulon® RC, a portfolio of Recycle Content grades of PA6 for use in Automotive under-the-bonnet applications.
The first Akulon RC grades under development are a 30% and a 35% glass filled grade with 50% recycle content. These grades deliver a 35% reduction in carbon footprint versus their counterparts made from 100% virgin material. The development of Akulon RC aligns with the automotive industry's drive for ecologically sound and sustainable solutions.
Regarding the positioning, Richard Pieters, Global Business Director Akulon/Novamid said that DSM aims "to deliver a material at quality standards that are as close as possible to virgin materials. We see this as a clear need from the industry and a change from the past, when recycle grades were often positioned as lower quality and lower cost materials.
Furthermore, Mr. Pieters mentions that today, the industry supply chain is at a level where some premium is required for high quality materials to make the RC grades feasible. The two materials, that are being launched now, have properties that are similar to those of typical standard grades. The premium pricing reflects the cost position for such grades, which Richard Pieters sees as a key investment for the future. He expects that by working with our customers and suppliers further efficiency improvements can be made.