Development of New Polyamide Resin featuring High Melting Point and Low Water Absorption Properties
Toyobo Corporation through business alliance with Arkema of France for production and sales of a new polyamide resin possessing a high melting point. The newly developed polyamide has been produced using biomass materials. The target market for this new polyamide includes electrical, electronics as well as automotive, demanding heat resistance and dimensional stability.
The new polyamide uses biomass from the non-edible castor oil plant. Furthermore, the new polyamide has a heat resistance of 250 to 315 degrees Celsius, where the 315 degrees Celsius melting point is highest among the resin using biomass raw materials and at high level in comparison to conventional petroleum driven polyamide resins with melting points, making it an ideal material for a wide range of applications in LEDs and other electrical and electronic parts. Additionally, the water absorption coefficient of the new polyamide can be reduced to approximately one-third of that of conventional polyamide resins. Toyobo initial sales target for this newly developed polyamide is at 5.0 billion JPY.