NPE '12: Nylon 6,12 is better for auto industry - A Schulman

03 April 2012 17:45  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS)--Nylon 6,12 is a superior alternative to nylon 12 for automobile industry applications, a senior executive at US-based A Schulman said on Tuesday.

Joe Ocampo, research and development director at the plastics compounder, said that not only does nylon 6,12 meet the same chemical resistance factors as nylon 12, it has a higher melting point and therefore could be used for more applications.

It is also more readily available and lower priced than nylon 12, he said on the sidelines of the National Plastics Exposition (NPE).

ICIS does not report on the price of nylon 12 or nylon 6,12.

Increasing prices and a tight market for nylon 12 has caused buyers to look for alternative measures.

Nylon 12 has been used as a nylon coating on fuel lines and brake lines that run under the chassis of automobiles. It has an ability to resist the fluids that can be found on roadways, such as the salt and resulting brine water that is found during the winter in the upper midwest and east coast of the US.

Additionally, nylon 12 also has an application in the offshore oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry, as it is used as a coating on the cables that go into the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and other areas where offshore drilling takes place.

As the price of oil goes up, more exploration and production takes place as those in the E&P industry try to take advantage of high prices. And with more drilling and exploration taking place, more of the nylon 12 goes to those companies involved, meaning less is available for the automobile industry and therefore prices increase.

Additionally, as the automobile industry is pushed to make cars with less weight in order to be more fuel efficient, more plastics will be introduced to the manufacture of an automobile.

The engine compartment becomes hotter as the size of the engines become smaller, yet in many cases are as powerful or more so than their predecessors.

According to A Schulman, the nylon 6,12 it produces can provide optimal performance in fluid management systems in the form of nylon-coated metal brake lines, all-plastic monowall and multilayer fuel lines, fuel and brake line connectors and in-take fuel pump components.

The four-day NPE is sponsored by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and runs through Thursday.

($1 = €0.75)

By: Wesley Busch
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