Radici Group says its newest grades of speciality engineering plastics are receiving "enourmous market interest."
Speaking at the group's stand at Chinaplas 2014, Erico Spini, Marketing and Applications development Manager, told press that its polyamide specialities for the automotive and electrical and electronic industries were developed as "a response to market trends" that called for materials that are lighter, easier to process and with a range of improved properties.
"We have already had a large amount of interest from the market," Spini commented. "We are working with a number of automakers who are interested in the benefits that these materials have to offer for the most advanced automobile design."
The new grades, all launched within the last six months and being displayed at Chinaplas 2014 for the first time, include nylon specialities Radilon HHR and Radilon Xtreme.
Radilon HHR nylon 6.6 engineering plastics feature excellent high ageing resistance at temperatures up to 210 degrees celsius. The grades are suitable for injection and blow moulding and are available in 15, 20 and 35 percent glass fibre-filled versions. Additionally, Spini explained that the grade has a high safety factor and therefore can be used as a replacement for metal or special polymer (PPS, PPA, PA46).
The Radilon Xtreme speciality line has extended the application temperature range of the products in the company's HHR line. Radilon Xtreme was initially developed through a collaboration of the group's plastics and chemical divisions for hot-air applications at continuous operating temperatures of up to 230 degrees celsius. The Radilon Xtreme engineering plastics are mainly used in the automotive sector for turbo air ducts, EGR head exchanger componeners and resonators etc, as well as electrical applications including high temperature insulation components and lead-free soldering components.
The group also profiled its Radistrong long-fibre PA 6 and PA 6.6 specialities, which it says are ideally suited to metal replacement applications, as well as its Radilon D long fibre polyamide families, which incorporate both 6.12 and 6.10 grades.
Edi Degasperi, CEO of of Radici Plasics (Suzhou) said: "We have grown at quite a fast rate on the Chinese market, which has allowed us to not only strengthen our presence in both electric/electronics and industrial sectors, but also, and most importantly, to develop yet another application market, the automotive industry. Thanks to our numerous OEM approvals, from GM, Ford, VW, Audi, Fiat-Chrysler and others, we have many new projects in the works, while many others have reached the mass production stage."