Newly-introduced EcoPaXX™ is a green, bio-based material: approximately 70% of the polymer consists of building blocks derived from castor oil as a renewable resource. EcoPaXX™ has been shown to be 100% carbon neutral from cradle to gate, which means that the carbon dioxide which is generated during the production process of the polymer, is fully compensated by the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed in the growth phase of the castor beans.
EcoPaXX™ is a high-performance polyamide with excellent mechanical properties. It combines the benefits of a high melting point of ca. 250oC, with a high rate of crystallization enabling high productivity. The material has low moisture absorption and excellent chemical and hydrolysis resistance, which makes it highly suitable for various demanding applications, for instance in the automotive and electrical markets. A good example is its very good resistance to salts, such as calcium chloride. Because of its low moisture absorption, EcoPaXX™ will also keep good strength and stiffness after conditioning.
DSM Engineering Plastics has expanded further its Green Portfolio with the introduction of EcoPaXX™, a bio-based, high performance engineering plastic.