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Solvay and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical join forces for high temperature bio-polymers

Solvay Advanced Polymers and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. (MGC) have announced plans to collaborate on the de...


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October 25, 2010 by Canadian Plastics

Solvay Advanced Polymers and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. (MGC) have announced plans to collaborate on the development of a series of renewably-sourced high temperature speciality polymers using a new monomer from Mitsubishi.

The work is initially focused on polyamides based on sebacic acid derived from castor oil that will have a heat deflection temperature of approximately 270 degrees C for glass-filled compounds, the companies said, allowing the new polymer to have greater thermal performance than many current bio-based polyamides and polyesters.

“The new material boasts low moisture retention, a high crystallization rate, excellent wear resistance, and good toughness,” the companies said in a press release. “Key potential uses include reflow soldering applications, high-temperature automotive parts, and sliding applications (gears).”

“We’re very positive about the valuable synergies resulting from this joint development work,” said Chikara Morishima, general manager, Aromatic Chemicals Division 1, Aromatic Chemicals Co. for MGC. “The expertise of MGC and its affiliates in aminated monomers and polymers and Solvay’s leading global marketing activity in high- temperature polymers make this a strong team capable of opening up new doors in bio-based polyamides.”

The two companies have a history of co-operation, with MGC having supplied Solvay for 25 years with MXDA monomer for the production of Ixef polyarylamide.