Lanxess at K 2016: High-grade solutions for the plastics industry

E/E applications on the rise

The use of thermoplastics in the electrical/electronics sector (E&E) will continue to grow strongly in the future thanks to megatrends such as Industry 4.0, LED lighting and the digital networking of building systems, household appliances and entertainment electronics. Lanxess's High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit - a world-leading supplier of compounds based on polyamide 6, polyamide 66 and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) with its Durethan and Pocan brands - is therefore boosting its activities for the E&E industry. A new E&E Marketing and Sales segment has been set up that pools resources for this industries and organizes them in more targeted fashion.

Areas of focus on the product side include thermoplastics with good melt flow characteristics that facilitate the design of large, thin-walled components of complex geometry. One example is a roller support for a food processor from a premium household appliance manufacturer. It is made of Pocan C 3230 XF (XtremeFlow). With this material, the precision component, which is subjected to high mechanical stress, can be of thin design, but still display low warpage and high dimensional stability. Other new products from HPM include hydrolysis-stabilized PBT compounds for automotive electrical and electronic systems and thermally conductive polyamides.

High-performance materials for electric mobility

Electric mobility is gaining significance in the plastics industry. Regarding materials, electrical properties and flame retardance, and also electromagnetic compatibility, are some of the main requirements. These often go hand-in-hand with a need for very good mechanical properties. For instance, Pocan AF 4110 is particularly suitable for electric cars on account of its high flame retardance. The Italian company Askoll e.g. uses the material to fabricate battery cell housings for its electric scooters. It replaces a material solution based on a polycarbonate/ABS blend. The Lanxess material was selected not only because of its low warpage and high flame retardance, but also because it meets the strict requirements on chemical resistance, thermal stability and impact strength. What's more, it can also be ultrasonically welded in a stable process.