DSM to Expand Capacity of Akulon XS
Royal DSM is expanding production capacity for Akulon XS at its facility in Emmen, the Netherlands. The capacity increase is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2016. It will meet the strong-growing demand for Akulon XS, a new polyamide developed specifically for blown films used in flexible food packaging. Financial details will not be disclosed.
The barrier properties and mechanical strength of conventional PA6 are ideal for flexible films used in food packaging. However, its high crystallization speed can be restrictive. Processors have to either compromise on productivity, or blend with special amorphous polyamides or polyamide copolymers, reducing cost efficiency and properties.
Akulon XS from DSM resolves the issue as it crystallizes much more slowly than conventional PA6 giving processors improved performance and productivity gains without the need for expensive blending. This makes it easier and more cost effective for processors to make blown films for flexible food packaging while retaining the unique barrier and mechanical properties of polyamide 6.
DSM Engineering Plastics BV
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