Rhodia and Dytech develop engineering plastic product for the automotive and transport sector made of renewable sourceNews release
New product made of Technyl ® eXten can be used to make fuel pipes, brake lines, clutches and oil lines for light and heavy vehicles.
São Bernardo do Campo (Brazil), May 07, 2012 - In order to expand the range of sustainable products on offer for the automotive and transport sectors, Rhodia, a member of the Solvay Group, and DYTECH, an auto parts company, have developed an innovative product in Brazil from engineering plastic Technyl® eXten – a polyamide 6.10 derived in part from castor oil, a renewable source.
The semi-finished product, which reduces the environmental impact of both the production processes and the final application, can be used to make fuel pipes, brake lines, clutches and oil lines for light and heavy vehicles. The new product has already been approved by several clients of the two companies, which have replaced their PA12 applications with them, which are of an entirely petrochemical base.
"Compared with other high-performance polyamide engineering plastics, the new Technyl® eXten application offers customers a range of technical and cost-benefit advantages, in addition to the environmental gains" said Marcos Curti, director of Rhodia Engineering Plastics and Polymers for the Americas.
Technyl® eXten is a partially bio-sourced polyamide. As such, measurements performed according to the standard test method revealed that 62,5% of its carbon is biogenic. This bio-sourcing allows to reduce the carbon footprint and to preserve non-renewable resources as compared to other polyamides, totally petro-sourced . “ Offering our bio-sourced material on the Brazilian market for high-volume segments such as pipes for light and heavy vehicles will decrease the emission of greenhouse gases by thousands tons of CO2 every year”, adds Curti
Rhodia’s engineering plastics and polyamides are used primarily in the production of parts for the automotive and transport, electronics and construction, and industrial consumer goods segments. The company, one of the world's leaders in this sector, has production facilities and laboratories to develop applications on four continents. In Brazil, the plant and laboratory are in São Bernardo Campo (São Paulo state).
Giorgio Fabbroni, vice president of DYTECH in Brazil, says the development of this new engineering plastic application from renewable sources will increase the range of solutions in line with the needs of the automotive industry for sustainable products. The heavy vehicle industry in Brazil, he notes, is going through a particularly special phase, with the entry into force of the Vehicle Air Pollution Control Program (PROCONVE 7).
"Trucks have increasing load demands being made on them and manufacturers need to reduce vehicle weight without losing efficiency and to adapt to the environmental legislation, reducing emissions. We are working with Rhodia to provide clients with solutions such as Technyl® eXten, which combines all the aspects of sustainability," says Fabbroni.
About Rhodia, member of the Solvay Group
Rhodia, member of the Solvay group, is a specialty chemical company resolutely committed to sustainable development. As a leader in its businesses, the Group aims to improve its customers’ performance through the pursuit of operational excellence and its ability to innovate. Structured around 11 Global Business Units, Rhodia is the partner of major players in the automotive, electronics, flavors and fragrances, health, personal and home care markets, consumer goods and industrial markets. Rhodia employs around 14 250 people worldwide and generated sales of €6.17 billion in 2011.
About Dytech - Dynamic Fluid Technologies
With a turnover of € 255 million and around 3,300 employees in nine countries, DYTECH is a significant example of how an organization can evolve to stay ahead an industry’s demands. Ready to design according to client needs, DYTECH develops and manufactures a wide range of systems, subsystems and components for engines and application platforms. It is a global organization that supports clients and knows how to take new opportunities as they arise. Product and service quality, as well as DYTECH’s continued engagement R&D at OEM manufacturers, have helped to strengthen this relationship and, over time, served to build client loyalty.
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