Rhodia: New bio-based engineering plastic

Rhodia announces the launch of Technyl® eXten in conjunction with Chinaplas, the Engineering Plastics trade show that is being held in Shanghai from the 19th to the 22nd of April, 2010.

Technyl eXten complements Rhodia’s Technyl and Technyl Star™ ranges and broadens the use of polyamide to technically advanced applications while reducing their ecological footprint.

Rhodia’s Technyl eXten solution using polyamide 6.10, produced in part from castor oil, is respectful of the environment and offers users high-performance and economically attractive solutions along with a reduced ecological footprint.

Technyl eXten’s benefits include:
• Excellent mechanical and thermal performance, similar to that of PA 6 as regards its high melting point (215°C);
• Exceptional chemical resistance, comparable to that of polyamide 12;
• Very high gas barrier properties;
• Low moisture absorption, halfway between that of polyamide 6 and polyamide 12.

Technyl eXten also has a reduced carbon footprint: the production of a ton of this product requires 20% less non-renewable resources than the production of a ton of conventional polyamide with equivalent performance properties.

Moreover, the team of experts responsible for evaluating environmental impact at Rhodia’s R&D department measured a significant reduction in the environmental impact of Technyl eXten; its production from organic raw material reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared with a product produced from non-renewable sources, so Rhodia.

More Information: www.rhodia.com