Dutch DSM to make bio-resins for automobiles

14 April 2010 20:43  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW YORK (ICIS news)--Dutch chemical company DSM has introduced its first bio-based engineering plastics for automobile parts, in response to higher demand from the industry, a company executive said on Wednesday.

DSM introduced EcoPaxx, a polyamide that contains 70% castor oil-based materials, which could be used as a thermoplastic for under-the-hood applications; and Palapreg ECO P55-01, a composite resin composed of 55% renewable-based materials for use in automotive vehicle body parts such as exterior panels

The products were aimed towards for original equipment manufacturers (OEMS)

DSM would not disclose the bio-based component for Palapreg ECO as its patent had not yet been published, said Emile Homsi, vice president of research and technology for DSM Engineering Plastics, NAFTA region.

Palapreg ECO, Homsi said, currently has the highest bio-based content resin available on the market today.

“Compared to our competitors who already launched similar types of bio-based resins, our Palapreg ECO product is ready for commercial production. We have seven to eight OEMs that are currently involved in incorporating Palapreg ECO to a range of automotive applications,” he added.

Actual commercial sales for EcoPaxx was expected in the first quarter of 2011, said Wilfrid Gambade, business director, composite resins, Europe and global markets.

“We have several applications in development for both EcoPaxx and Palapreg ECO not only for the automotive market. Our customers who are focussed on offering sustainable products are also looking to use EcoPaxx in office furniture, electronics and building and construction materials,” Gambade said.

Both EcoPaxx and Palapreg ECO have comparable performance compared with typical petroleum-based resins, the executives said.

Palapreg ECO has already been used in furniture created by Belgium-based street fixture manufacturer Velopa, Gambade added.

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