Worldwide, demand for high-performance engineering polyamide resins continues to exhibit very strong growth, a trend fueled by the increasing use of these resins in the automotive, consumer and electronics markets.
Earlier this year, Ascend and BASF both announced capacity expansions; yesterday came the announcement from DowDuPont that Transportation & Advanced Polymers, a business segment of the DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, was increasing production capacity of its Zytel HTN high-performance polyamide resin, in Mechelen, Belgium. The investment follows on the heels of recent investments in Germany and China.
Zytel HTN PPA grades are part of the Zytel HTN high-performance polyamide resin portfolio and offer attributes such as outstanding chemical resistance, retention of properties when exposed to moisture, and performance at high temperatures.
Transportation & Advanced Polymers owns and operates world-scale polymerization and compounding assets at sites around the world to ensure responsive local supply. At Michelen, a new production line is being installed that is scheduled to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2017. The investment, said Rudy van Engen, regional director, DowDuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers, EMEA, reinforces our commitment to meet the growing needs of customers in EMEA.
“We continue to invest in our compounding capacity across regions to ensure we can meet the strong growth in demand for highly engineered specialty polymers such as PPAs,” said Richard Mayo, global business director for DowDuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers.”