VESTAMID® HTplus —A High Performance Polymer As a Substitute for Metal

Essen, (PresseBox) - VESTAMID® HTplus, a new member of Evonik Industries' VESTAMID® family, has been specially developed as a substitute for metal in classic metal applications. VESTAMID® HTplus is a polyphthalamide (PPA) based semicrystalline material that is stable at high temperatures; it offers an excellent price-performance ratio.

More and more classic metal parts are being replaced by parts made of plastic, which has comparable mechanical properties at lower unit cost. In addition to high chemical resistance-as is required, for example, in fuel systems-molded parts made from VESTAMID® HTplus offer high dimensional stability and excellent mechanical properties such as rigidity and tensile strength. VESTAMID® HTplus is therefore ideally suited for use in classic metal applications, for example, as a base material for pump and filter-system housings. In addition to corrosion resistance, reduced component weight, and the resulting reduction-by up to 50 percent-in component costs, the greater design freedom offers several other advantages.

As a thermoplastic material, VESTAMID® HTplus can be economically processed on standard injection molding machines. The finished parts can generally be used without further downstream processing. On the basis of its many years of expertise in the area of extrusion, Evonik's High Performance Polymers Business Line also develops extrusion-grade PPA molding compounds.

In addition to polyphthalamide, Evonik has also been producing polyamide 12, polyamide 612, and polyamide 12 elastomer molding compounds (PEBA) under the VESTAMID® brand name for about 40 years and, more recently, polyamides based on renewable raw materials. The product range includes, moreover, TROGAMID® transparent specialty polyamides, the PA 12 powders VESTOSINT® and the VESTAMELT® copolyamide hot-melt adhesives. With its VESTAKEEP® polyether ether ketone, the business line has penetrated the segment of high-performance polymers, which must satisfy extremely stringent mechanical, thermal, and chemical requirements. VESTAMID® HTplus now represents yet another significant advance in this sector.

The High Performance Polymers Business Line serves all major markets. Its core competence is making custom products that meet the needs of customers. Its global sales network, its service centers in Europe, North America, and Asia, and its comprehensive technical service ensure the worldwide availability of its high-performance polymers and semifinished products, as well as professional technical support.

We will present VESTAMID® HTplus at FAKUMA in hall A4, booth 4117

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