Solvay Advanced Polymers and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. (MGC) plan to collaborate on the development of renewably-sourced high temperature specialty polymers using a new monomer from Mitsubishi. The joint work is initially focused on the introduction of high-temperature bio-based polyamides for high-performance durable applications. With a heat deflection temperature of approximately 270°C for glass-filled compounds, the new polymer will have greater thermal performance than many current bio-based polyamides and polyesters. Under the collaboration, the two companies plan to build upon MGC’s development of a new monomer which will be used to co-develop a new line of specialty polymers. These high-performance polyamides, based on bio-based Sebacic acid derived from castor oil, are expected to be among the highest temperature bio-based polyamides in the industry and will nicely complement Solvay’s high-temperature Amodel® polyphthalamide (PPA) product line. MGC has worked closely with Solvay Advanced Polymers over the last 25 years as a supplier of MXDA monomer used to produce Solvay’s Ixef® polyarylamide (PARA).
The new material boasts low moisture retention, a high crystallization rate, excellent wear resistance, and good toughness. Key potential uses include reflow soldering applications, high-temperature automotive parts, and sliding applications (gears). Solvay and MGC are currently working together to develop an optimized manufacturing process for the new polymer. Meanwhile, MGC has filed numerous patents to cover its extensive development work in resin composition, production, and applications. The multi-year development project will examine market viability, commercial scale-up, and capital planning.