LANXESS to focus on new mobility and alternatives to polyamide 66

Lanxess Plastics ComponentLANXESS has been focusing on new mobility and the substitution of polyamide 66. “High-Tech Thermoplastics for Future Mobility” is the slogan under which the High-Performance Materials (HPM) business unit of the specialty chemicals company LANXESS will be exhibiting at the VDI Congress “Plastics in Automotive Engineering” in Mannheim.

Dr. Martin Wanders, Head of Global Application Development in HPM: “Our focus this year is on new applications in electromobility and cost-effective alternatives to polyamide 66 compounds. We are also focusing on lightweight design with continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites and new solutions such as hollow-profile hybrid technology.”

LANXESS has set up the “e-Powertrain team” to revert to the tremendous application potential of its polyamides and polyesters in the market for forms of new mobility. The team supports customers from the international automotive industry to choose tailor-made application-specific materials for electric vehicles. Julian Haspel, who heads the global “e-Powertrain” team, quoted:  “We also support our partners throughout the entire development chain for their components, for example with engineering services for the component design like moldflow calculations, structure simulations and tests on finished parts.”

LANXESS witnesses a variety of important applications for its thermoplastics in the field of electromobility, including charging systems, inverters, electric motors, auxiliary systems (e.g. cooling pumps) and battery elements. Potential battery applications are inclusive of cell holders, spacers, covers, module carriers and housing parts.

Haspel further added: “Our thermoplastics are in many cases an alternative to conventional materials such as die-cast metals, for example in crash-relevant structural components of the battery. But there are also entirely new potential applications, for example with our electrically insulating but thermally conductive compounds.”

LANXESS has lately experienced rising demand – mostly from the automotive industry – for alternatives to polyamide 66 due to the limited primary product capacities for this thermoplastic, which have led to supply bottlenecks and major price increases for compounds.

Tim Albert, who heads a corresponding international team at HPM believes:  “We are helping our customers to find alternative materials to secure a reliable and cost-effective supply and to minimize the technical risks involved in switching over to a new material. Our services include everything from innovative alternative materials and extensive service in aspects ranging from material data and application support to technical production support.”

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