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Solvay introduced Technyl one polyamide to the Asia-Pacific market

News International-French

9 May 2014

Technyl One is a polyamide resins addressing challenges in electrical equipment for energy management and building automation, including safety, miniaturization and increased productivity.

New initiatives for “smart cities” are driving a trend towards multiple smart and connected devices, such as sensors and controllers, helping businesses and homes to optimize their efficient use of electrical energy.

With its high-flowability and high-temperature matrix as well as excellent electrical properties and halogen-free fire performance, the new polymer technology of Solvay Engineering Plastics is the ideal solution for applications requiring these critical properties: high-voltage, miniature and molded-case circuit breakers, contactors and other power control equipment.

In addition, Technyl One offers a wide processing window, accurate filling and good surface aspect even at 50% glass reinforcement. In addition, there are no corrosion drawbacks for tools and injection molding machines - a common problem with high-temperature nylons. This alone can significantly reduce manufacturing costs and is of particular importance in Asia’s emerging markets where a molder might have to face processing several different types of polymers with one machine and may not be able to afford keeping equipment just for high-specialty fire protection applications.

Further to this, the entire range of products, both heat stabilized and/or flame retarded, exhibits a significantly reduced moisture uptake (by up to 40%) when compared to other polyamides. This in turn leads to excellent dimensional stability which allows this family of products to be used in high specification applications with critically close tolerances, notably in the Asian climate where resistance to hot and humid environments can be considered essential.

The first Technyl One grade from Solvay Engineering Plastics commercially available worldwide was developed in global coordination and with the active participation of Solvay’s Asian R&I teams to ensure it would meet Asian needs. It is a halogen-free flame-retardant material that provides a UL94 V0 rating at only 0.4 mm of wall thickness as well as unmatched thermal ageing properties (150°C electrical RTI – Relative Thermal Index) and a high comparative tracking index (CTI 0 for 600 volts and higher).

A further range of high-heat stabilized and glass fiber reinforced Technyl One products has been formulated which can be used in a variety of application areas where even higher thermal resistance (above 220°C for 1,000 hours) and high dimensional stability is required.

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