Toyobo is a Japanese leading producer of specialty polyamides, film and fibres with a unique know-how in injection moulding applications and metal replacement
. Arkema is the world leader of bio-based polyamides and bio-based monomers for polyamides.
In the appliance marketplace, the compound is said to allow engineers to reduce the cost gap between long and short glass fiber PP, thus making Verton MFX-HS a cost-effective alternative for metal replacement
in refrigerator hardware.
"Most of that growth is from direct metal replacement
," he says.
Akromid T PPA is being pitched at metal replacement
, to save weight over die cast components in motor vehicles and in other applications where finishing costs can be cut by injection moulding.
While PPA-based materials have been adopted increasingly for applications in metal replacement
, Arkema says this has been at the cost of processability and price when compared with aliphatic high performance polyamides, its Rilsan HT is different.
"It's a good basic material, and there's a limit to how far you can go with exotic alloying systems and reinforcements and still maintain an acceptable cost, particularly when using it for metal replacement
," according to Walter Hayes, v.p.
EMS Grivory retains its position of the market leader in terms of metal replacement
. The addition of the high-performance polymer named Grivory GVX takes the metal replacement
market to the highest peak.
This makes them versatile candidates for metal replacement
in automotive parts such as water outlet valves, water pumps, fuel-system components, actuators, transmission sensors and clutch parts.
BASFs engineering plastics of the Ultramid family have a long and very successful history in metal replacement
. The BASF polyamides (PA) have allowed lightweight and high-performance parts to be used in many different applications, from the automotive and the E&E industries to mechanical engineering and consumer goods.
Working with leading OEMs, SABIC is helping to lead the way to greater automotive efficiency through the development of breakthrough plastic and metal replacement
Nylon 66 is extensively utilized in metal replacement
Notable among these are: device miniaturization and lightweighting; the ongoing development of minimally invasive surgical procedures; wearable technologies for drug delivery and patient monitoring; growing emphasis on home-care treatment and self-administration of medicine; and, of course, materials competition, especially continuing inroads in metal replacement
in implantable joints, skeletal structures, and surgical instruments.