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09-26-2016

Taking New Paths

BASF

Higher elongation at break and knot strength of fishing nets and fishing lines with a newly developed copolyamide monofilament (© BASF).

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, is expanding its range of semiaromatic polyamides with unreinforced grades and compounds filled with short or long glass fibers, as well as flame-resistant grades. The new Ultramid Advanced N polyphthalamide (PPA) grades, according to the manufacturer, exceed the properties of conventional PPA polymers while offering good chemical resistance and low water absorption, as well as low friction and wear. It is thus claimed to satisfy customer requirements for miniaturization, functional integration and freedom of design, but also energy efficiency and safety regulations.

In addition, a newly developed polyamide 6 Ultramid B3WG6 GPX is shown that is temperature resistant up to 180 °C and briefly up to 200 °C. Compared to a previous standard product, the new Ultramid does not only show 15 %-higher initial bursting pressure, but also withstands four times as many pressure test cycles at 100 °C. Ultramid A3W3G7, a new polyamide 6.6 development, closes the gap in the existing product portfolio, and has very good mechanical properties, even at continuous service temperatures up to 210 °C.

The PA6/6.6 material Ultramid C37LC is a new copolyamide for film and monofilament applications, such as fishing lines. According to the press release, it offers manufacturers of shrink films for foods higher hot-water or hot-air shrinkage than before. There is no longer any need to add amorphous polyamides.

Hall 5, booth C21 and D21

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