DSM and Ravago partnership introduces portfolio of recycled PA compounds

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has announced that it has expanded its partnership with the Ravago Group, a leader in distribution, resale, compounding and recycling of plastic and elastomeric raw materials. The two companies have combined DSM's expertise in polyamide 6 with Ravago's recycling know-how to develop a portfolio of glass reinforced recycled PA6 compounds. The materials will be offered by DSM directly and distributed by Ravago Group member Resinex, which has a leading position in the plastics and rubbers distribution market across Europe and Turkey, and which is already a well-established distributor of DSM engineering plastics.

The new recycled PA6 grades, which DSM is marketing under its Akulon brand and which are available now, contain more than 50% post-consumer resin from well-identified and dependable sources. DSM is supplying grades with 30% and 35% glass fiber reinforcement. Thanks to their inherent strength and performance profile, the grades are particularly suited to automotive under-the-bonnet applications such as air intake manifolds and engine covers, as well as furniture applications, including structural parts in office chairs.

Speaking on behalf of DSM, Danilo Fioravante, Global Business Director Akulon says: "As one of the world's premier performance materials suppliers with a strong emphasis on sustainability, it is important that we take a lead in reducing, reusing and recycling the products that society consumes. It is for this reason that we are looking to expand our portfolio with recycled polyamide compounds. These new grades will enable us to offer new solutions to some of the key industries that we have been serving for many years.”

Alessio Patanè, Product Manager Engineering Plastics at Ravago, says: "This new development gives us the opportunity to build on our long-standing partnership with DSM while profiting from our many years of experience in working with recycled materials. All across our partnerships with leading materials suppliers, we fully underwrite the efforts to bring to market materials that deliver outstanding performance in combination with a significant contribution to the reduction of the overall carbon footprint.”

More information: www.dsm.com/automotive.en, www.akulon.com

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