High-performance thermoplastic copolyester with renewable content

Paul Boughton
Following the successful introduction of EcoPaXX, a bio-based, high-performance engineering plastic, DSM Engineering Plastics will be launching Arnitel Eco at K 2010. Arnitel Eco is a high-performance thermoplastic copolyester (TPC) in which 20 to 50 per cent of the content is derived from renewable resources, depending on the hardness of the grade. The new material, which is already being sampled to selected customers, is specifically suited for applications in consumer electronics, sports and leisure and automotive interior products.
Francis Aussems, project manager for bio-polyesters at DSM Engineering Plastics, says: "There is a clear customer need for bio-based engineering plastics which combine performance with a reduced carbon footprint. LCA calculations of Arnitel Eco show a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, cradle to gate, of up to 50 per cent versus oil-based thermoplastic copolyesters. Using our long-standing experience in Arnitel product development and our flexible manufacturing base, we are pleased that we are able to introduce this new extension to the Arnitel family."
Arnitel Eco is described as a first-generation product that is not yet suitable for use in high-temperature environments. However, future developments are intended to address this requirement.
This innovation follows the successful launches of Arnitel XG for halogen-free flame retardant solution for wire and cables, and Arnitel C, a new technology for wire and cable coating, which is claimed to deliver the best high-heat aging performance of any TPC.
Fredric Petit, sustainability director at DSM EP, adds: "After the successful launches of EcoPaXX and Palapreg Eco, Arnitel Eco is the next bio-performance material of DSM and this is fully in line with DSM's mission to 'create brighter lives for people today and generations to come.' This mission is supported by DSM's core value, which states that its activities should contribute to a more sustainable world."
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