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ASAHI KASEI EUROPE GmbH

Fringsstr. 17, 40221 Düsseldorf
Germany
Telephone +49 211 33992000
Fax +49 211 33992099
plastics@asahi-kasei.eu

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Contact

Sebastian SCHMIDT

Strategic Marketing Manager
Marketing Department

Phone
+49 (0) 211 3399 2058

Email
sebastian.schmidt@asahi-kasei.eu

Hirofumi SAMUTA

Manager
Engineering Plastics Department

Phone
+49 (0) 211 3399 2056
+49 (0) 151 1622 8732

Email
hirofumi.samuta@asahi-kasei.eu

Nobuhiro KIKUCHI

Business Development Manager
SunForce Department

Phone
+49 (0) 211 3399 2034
+49 (0) 151 1622 8718

Email
nobuhiro.kikuchi@asahi-kasei.eu

Veerle VERMAERKE

Event & Sales Coordinator
Marketing Department

Phone
+49 151 1622 8758

Email
veerle.vermaerke@asahi-kasei.eu

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.001  Acetal homo and copolymers (POM)

Acetal homo and copolymers (POM)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.045  Polyamid-Copolymer PA 06-66

Polyamid-Copolymer PA 06-66

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.046  Polyamid-Copolymer PA 66-06

Polyamid-Copolymer PA 66-06

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.054  Polyamide PA 66

Polyamide PA 66

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.089  Polyoxymethylne (POM) (s. acetal copolymers)

Polyoxymethylne (POM) (s. acetal copolymers)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.090  Polyphenylene ether (PPE) modified

Polyphenylene ether (PPE) modified

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.093  Polypropylene
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.010  SBS-Teleblockpolymer
  • 01.02.010.02  Styrenic block copolymers SEBS, SBS, SIS…, TPE-S (pure polymers)

Styrenic block copolymers SEBS, SBS, SIS…, TPE-S (pure polymers)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.015  Polyphenylene ether structural foams (PPE)

Polyphenylene ether structural foams (PPE)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.06  Rubbers
  • 01.06.004  Butadiene rubber (BR)

Butadiene rubber (BR)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.06  Rubbers
  • 01.06.019  Natural rubber

Natural rubber

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.06  Rubbers
  • 01.06.026  Styrene/butadiene rubber (SBR)

Styrene/butadiene rubber (SBR)

Our products

Product category: Polyamid-Copolymer PA 06-66, Polyamid-Copolymer PA 66-06, Polyamide PA 66

LEONA™ - PA6.6/6I

The Asahi Kasei LEONA™ grades are molding compounds based on PA6.6 and semi-aromatic polyamides such as PA6.6/6I and PA612. The range is available in unfilled grades as well as reinforced with glass fibers and special composites. LEONA™ is noted for its high strength, heat-, oil, and abrasion resistance as well as for its processability.

With almost five decades of experience on the polyamide market, Asahi Kasei is one of only four fully integrated PA6.6 polymerization manufacturers worldwide, and is able to produce PA6.6 completely from monomer to compound.

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Product category: Acetal homo and copolymers (POM), Polyoxymethylne (POM) (s. acetal copolymers)

TENAC™ - POM

TENAC™ is the brand name of Asahi Kasei’s polyacetal (POM) product group. The TENAC™ grades are characterized by superior mechanical properties, above all, their dimensional stability, as well as excellent chemical resistance, ease of molding and extremely low emissions. They are used in a large number of applications – including especially interior fittings in the automotive sector.

Asahi Kasei is not only the sole POM manufacturer in the world to produces both Homo and Co-polymer, we successfully combined the positive properties of both qualities in one product, resulting in so the called “HC grades”, available in several viscosity grades.

Our broad TENAC™ product range also includes eco-friendly grades like the low emission TENAC™ Z series.

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Product category: Polyphenylene ether (PPE) modified

XYRON™ - Modified PPE

XYRON™ is the brand name of Asahi Kasei’s mPPE (modified polyphenylene ether). It is an engineering plastic with unique properties, created by alloy combinations of PPE with other resins such as polystyrene (PS), polyamide (PA), polypropylene (PP), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) or other polymeric materials. Due to the blending and the incorporation of fillers such as glass fibers, the properties can be extensively modified in a targeted manner.

Because of the almost uncountable variation possibilities in the production of mPPE, it is frequently the case that the material is custom-made developed for specific applications according to the needs of the customer, so that in the end all the desired properties are realized.

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Product category: Polypropylene

THERMYLENE® – Glass-Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Compounds

Thermylene® – Glass-Fiber Reinforced
Polypropylene Compounds

The Asahi Kasei Thermylene® grades are engineered polypropylene compounds based on a blend of polyolefins with various components such as fillers and reinforcements, impact modifiers, pigments and additives.

The Thermylene® grades offer a wide scale of properties and are used in a variety of applications in the automotive (interior, exterior, underhood, electric), electrical, home and furniture industry.

The enhanced properties of the Thermylene® grades yield an attractive cost/performance balance when compared to traditional engineering thermoplastics.

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Product category: Polyphenylene ether structural foams (PPE)

SunForce Particle Beads Foams Based On Engineering Plastics

Asahi Kasei’s SunForce™ family of particle beads foams consists of the m-PPE based SunForce™ BE (flame-retardance), SunForce™ BH (heat resistance), as well as the polyamide-based beads foams SunForce™ AS (structural performance).

In addition to the unique performance of this lightweight thermal-insulating foam, the flame-retardant qualities, dimensional accuracy, and thin-wall molding of the material combine functions beyond those of conventional foams to facilitate a wide range of design proposals in line with the requirements for product and component design.

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Company news

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14 Sep 2021

New halogen-free flame-retardant Polyamide 66 LEONA™ SN features superior surface quality and laser printability

Asahi Kasei is introducing the halogen and red-phosphorous free flame retardant Polyamide 66 LEONA™ SN to the European market. This semi-aromatic material combines high levels of safety, surface quality and laser printability.

Tightening safety and environmental regulations in the European Union are increasing the demands placed on materials used for electrical appliances and systems. Halogen- and red phosphorous free solutions are the key to ensure the safety of a wide range of applications while at the same time taking a more sustainable approach compared to conventional materials.
Safety, sustainability, and surface quality combined in one material
In addition to the flame-retardant and creep-resistant properties, the material features a superior surface quality. This is achieved without additional treatment and coating and even with a glass-fiber content of up to 50%. Another characteristic of this material is its high retention rate of physical properties in a conditioned state. While comparable halogen-free PA66 materials show a significant decline in properties, LEONA™ SN maintains a high level of tensile strength and flexural modulus also after moisture absorption. This opens up new possibilities for applications in environments, where the use of standard FR PA66 can become an issue.

Furthermore, LEONA™ SN provides an excellent laser printability and allows for a clearer surface marking than general materials with red phosphorus in high speed machining of 1000 mm/sec, con-tributing to an increased speed in production.
Applications areas of LEONA™ SN include automotive powertrain items, as well as E&E parts that require flame retardancy, such as connectors, magnet switches, or relay blocks. By fulfilling the requirements for the highest Hazard Level 3 in the categories R22 for interior parts and R23 for exterior parts of the European railway fire safety standard EN 45545, this material is also fit for electrical systems in railway vehicles.

“LEONA™ SN fulfills the strictest requirements in regard to safety, surface quality and laser printability while at the same time being fully in line with the environmental regulations. The high level of key properties will make this material a problem solver for our customers and open up new possibilities in a broad range of applications”, says Taku Ishida, General Manager of the Engineering Plastics Division at Asahi Kasei Europe.

Broad expertise in the field of flame-retardant polymers
The LEONA™ SN series is part of Asahi Kasei’s new LEONA™ polyamide resin family. This series also comprises UV resistant grades (SU series), and semi-aromatic grades (SG series) for metal re-placement and applications in the automotive interior. They all have in common the unparalleled combination of excellent surface quality, easy processability and high mechanical performance.

Asahi Kasei has a broad portfolio in the field of halogen-free and flame retardant polymers, including the modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) XYRON™ and the polyamide 6.6 LEONA™. Leveraging its expertise in this area even further, the company has developed the mPPE-based particle beads foam SunForce™, the first foam of its kind certified with an UL94 V-0 flame retardance. These materials are especially suitable for applications in the fields of automotive and E&E (electrical engineering and electronics).

Asahi Kasei Europe will present its engineering plastics portfolio at Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing, from 12 – 16 October 2021 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Visit us in Hall B5 – Booth B5-5319.
Find more information on LEONA™ SN on the following page:
https://asahikasei.group/eu/leona-sn/
About the Asahi Kasei Corporation
Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active diversified technology company with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business. The Material division encompasses fibers & textiles, pet-rochemicals, performance polymers, performance materials, consumables, battery separators, and electronic devices. The Homes division provides housing and construction materials to the Japanese market. The Health Care division includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and acute critical care devices and systems. With more than 44,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries and achieved sales of 17.3 billion euros (2,1 trillion yen) in the fiscal year 2020 (April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021).

Asahi Kasei is “Creating for Tomorrow” with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world. For more information, visit www.asahi-kasei.eu and www.engineering-plastics.asahi-kasei.eu/.

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28 Jan 2021

Asahi Kasei Introduces The LEONA SG Series To The European Market

Premium-looking automotive interior surfaces are growing in importance for the customers. To address this growing demand, Asahi Kasei is introducing the semi-aromatic polyamide LEONA™ SG series to the European market. In addition to high stiffness, it features an improved flowability and a superior surface appearance without any additional surface treatment or coating.

A current survey from December 2020 conducted by Asahi Kasei Europe and Cologne-based market research company SKOPOS interviewing a total of 2,000 car users in Germany, USA, China and Japan on their preferences towards future automotive interior showed, that the automotive interior is on its way to become a major element influencing buying decisions of car users. Within the interior, surface materials are becoming a main differentiator. They significantly determine how he/she perceives the interior of the vehicle – and even more important: the driving experience. This is also reflected in the results of the survey: For 40% of all respondents in Germany, high-quality premium surfaces are important – even more so for users in China (68.7%) and the USA (50.2%).

Superior surface quality even with high glass fiber content
To address these changing needs, Asahi Kasei is introducing the LEONA™ SG series, a new semiaromatic polyamide to the European market. It is available in grades reinforced with 40%, 50% and 60% glass fiber. Even with a high glass fiber content, it features a superior surface quality and gloss at shorter cycle times. This can be achieved without additional surface treatment or additional coating. Furthermore, the material offers an excellent inherent mechanical strength even under moisture. In a conditioned state the 50% glass fiber filled SG105 shows a clear superiority compared to standard and other semi-aromatic polyamides: While standard PA 66 shows a deterioration of 30% in tensile modulus compared to its dry state, SG105 maintains its performance. In addition, SG105 shows an 8% better flexural strength than comparable semi-aromatic polyamides (25% better compared to standard PA 66).

For visible automotive interior parts there is no more need of compromising on neither surface appearance nor mechanical properties. Application fields inside the automotive include venting blades, armrests, covers or door handles.

Cost-optimization and freedom of design
“Asahi Kasei’s plastics can offer more to the automotive industry than just lightweight applications. LEONA™ SG is the next addition to our diversified material portfolio for automotive interior applications. It offers significant cost advantages for our customers and at the same time addresses the changing needs of the car users with its premium surface quality”, explains Taku Ishida, General Manager of the Engineering Plastics Division of Asahi Kasei Europe.

Compared to similar materials, the LEONA™ SG series contributes to a cost- and energy-saving production process. In addition, the high flowability enables thin walled constructions and opens up new freedom in design in addition to possibilities in material savings. The material also demonstrates these advantages in other areas, for example as a replacement for metal die casting (aluminum, ZAMAK, etc.) in construction, industrial or furniture parts. The LEONA™ SG series is part of Asahi Kasei’s new LEONA™ polyamide resin family. This series also comprises UV resistant grades (SU series) for external applications and non-halogenated flameretardant grades (SN series) with UL94 V0 classification for E&E applications. They all have in common the unparalleled combination of excellent surface quality, easy processability and high mechanical performance.

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About us

Company portrait

The Asahi Kasei Group contributes to life and living for people around the world. Since its foundation in 1922 with ammonia and cellulose fiber business, Asahi Kasei has consistently grown through the proactive transformation of its business portfolio to meet the evolving needs of every age. With more than 40,000 employees around the world, the company contributes to sustainable society by providing solutions to the world’s challenges through its three business sectors of Material, Homes, and Health Care.

With standard and semi-aromatic polyamides (PA), homo- and copolymer polyacetals (POM), modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE), glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP) and particle beads foams based on engineering plastics, Asahi Kasei is offering a broad range of high-performance polymers.

Company data

Number of employees > 500
Area of business Raw materials, auxiliaries
Target groups
  • Plastic product manufacturing
  • Rubber manufacturing / processing
  • Vehicle construction / aerospace
  • Electronics / electro technology
  • Energy technology / photovoltaics

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