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03-25-2015

DuPont Increases High Performance Polyamide Capacity

DuPont Performance Polymers today announced it increased production of fast-growing DuPont Zytel HTN PPA manufactured at its Richmond, VA/USA, facility by 10% to meet growing global market demand in automotive and consumer electronics markets. Richmond, which uses a continuous polymerization process, is the largest Zytel HTN production facility in DuPont.

DuPont, the largest, most globally networked nylon manufacturer focused on the engineering polymers market with a full range of PA66, PA6, PPA and specialty nylon offerings, is not disclosing expansion details, but does announce this as the first in a series of global expansion plans.

The new Ford 3.5L and 3.7L engine manifold uses a cross-over coolant component made of DuPont Zytel HTN PPA resin instead of brazed metal, shaving one pound to improve fuel economy (figure: DuPont/SPE)

The new Ford 3.5L and 3.7L engine manifold uses a cross-over coolant component made of DuPont Zytel HTN PPA resin instead of brazed metal, shaving one pound to improve fuel economy (figure: DuPont/SPE)

Zytel HTN PPA is often used by the automotive industry to make engine cooling components, such as thermostat housings and water pumps, and to make powertrain components, such as charged air coolers, transmission housings, engine oil systems, brake systems, ignition systems and motors. In electrical and electronics, Zytel HTN PPA is often used to make lead-free SMT (surface mount technology) and traditional connectors, high voltage insulators and structural components for handheld devices.

“Demand is growing in the automotive industry because Zytel HTN PPA can stand up to long-term exposure in aggressive temperature and chemical environments that stretch the performance capabilities of standard nylon 66,” said Brian Fish, DuPont Performance Polymers global business manager. “In the electronics and hand-held device market, Zytel HTN is a go-to resin because of its performance, dimensional stability and its ability to withstand lead-free soldering environments.”

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