Radici Plastics

RadiciGroup’s focal points at K 2013


K 2013, considered to be the world’s premiere trade fair for plastics and rubber, will be held from 16 to 23 October in Düsseldorf, Germany.

At the event, RadiciGroup is going to showcase its nylon engineering plastics range, with a special focus on some of its latest innovations. The highlights are:

RadiciGroup is presenting its new polyamide engineering plastics with enhanced heat resistance for hot-air applications at temperatures of up to 230°C. The base polymer is the result of an innovative technology that was developed, tested and scaled up to industrial production at the polymerization plants of RadiciGroup Chemicals. These new products complement the traditional Radilon® HHR (High Heat Resistance) portfolio, which currently covers applications at temperatures of up to 210°C.

Radistrong products are engineering plastics ideal for use as metal replacements in critical applications that traditional engineering plastics cannot withstand. Compared to conventional plastics, the RADISTRONG (registered trade name) long-fibre specialities offer a series of important advantages: greater impact strength, higher creep and fatigue resistance, and greater mechanical resistance and stiffness at high temperatures.
Manufactured by pultrusion, these new products are already available with 20% to 60% glass-fibre fill. Among the potential applications: pump housings, engine mounts, intercooler trays, under-the-bonnet structural reinforcement parts and structural parts.

RadiciGroup is introducing a new family of PA6.12 long-chain polymers. These materials have exceptional chemical resistance even to salts such as zinc chloride and calcium chloride. Among the countless potential applications are fuel lines, for which suitable extrusion grades, in both monolayer and multi-layer versions, are scheduled for immediate production.
PA6.12 Radilon® products will join the range of RadiciGroup PA6.10 long-chain polymers made from 64% renewable source materials and sold under the Radilon® D brand name.

What are RadiciGroup’s main goals on the sustainability front? To measure the environmental impact of its entire production chain from upstream to downstream in a systemic and rigorous manner (that is, from the base polymer to engineering plastics down to synthetic fibres and nonwovens) and provide verifiable and comparable information based on scientific data.

How will the Group go about it? By providing ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS (EPDs) prepared according to PRODUCT CATEGORY RULES (PCR), which serve as the basis for third-party verification of the LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENTS (LCAs) on the products.

What are the benefits of this approach to RadiciGroup Plastics? The ability to develop ECODESIGN analysis and, more specifically, to make objective comparisons between different materials with the same technical performance: plastics vs. plastics and plastics vs. metals.

The K 2013 trade fair will also give RadiciGroup the opportunity to showcase the base products of its production chain: Radipol®, PA6 and PA6.6 polymers, and chemical intermediates such as adipic acid, dicarboxylic acids mixture (AGS) and dicarboxylic acid esters.