Arkema has announced a deal with French specialty compounder Addiplast that will see the latter develop a range of specialist polyamide compounds based on Arkema’s resins.
Under the agreement, Arkema will supply Addiplast with its Rilsamid PA 12 and Hiprolon PA 6-12 speciality long-chain polyamides, as well as its Rilsan PA 11 and Hiprolon PA 6-10, PA 10-10 and PA 10-12 bio-sourced polyamides.
Addiplast will use the Arkema resins to develop two new lines of specialty injection moulding compounds that it will sell under the Addinyl and Addibio names (covering fossil-based and bio-sourced grades respectively). Key target markets are high-performance applications in the automotive and electronics industries.
Addiplast, which was set up in 1986 and generates sales of around E17 million, already offers the polymer industry a range of specialty polyamide, polycarbonate and polyolefin compounds for niche applications, including grades using natural fibre reinforcements.
Arkema is a major producer of bio-sourced long-chain polyamides, a position it bolstered in 2012 through its acquisition of Chinese castor oil-derived sebacic acid producer Casda and castor oil-based PA maker Hipro Polymers.
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