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Akulon XP PA6 for barrier film applications

DSM Engineering Plastics (Sittard) : 22 September, 2003  (New Product)
DSM Engineering Plastics has released Akulon XP, a new revolutionary barrier resin based on polyamide 6 (PA6), for multi-layer oxygen barrier films.
DSM Engineering Plastics has released Akulon XP, a new revolutionary barrier resin based on polyamide 6 (PA6), for multi-layer oxygen barrier films.

The new material differs from normal Polyamide 6 resins through its exceptional processing characteristics that allow dramatic productivity gains to be realised. Akulon XP brings substantial gains in production line efficiencies and broadens the processing window on any multi-layer extrusion line. The resulting film has the same barrier quality as was previously produced and, in terms of consistency, yields a better product.

Higher throughputs on existing production lines not only lowers costs but allows business to grow further with existing facilities before additional capital expenditure is required.

Akulon XP also enables layer gauge distribution to become independent of die design, so that a single line set up can be used for a variety of film constructions.

Specific examples of benefits realised by Akulon XP are reduced system costs, better control of layer thickness permitting thinner barrier and tie layers, reduced motor power needs on the barrier layer extruder, reduced waste through an even layer distribution and reduced neck-in.

Every type of film-forming technology benefits from the enhanced properties of Akulon XP. Cast film made with Akulon XP exhibits more uniform layer distribution than that made with conventional materials. Paper coating benefits from higher speeds, increased web stability and reduced neck-in. Blown film similarly benefits from better web stability, as well as the option of using thinner layers, even for tear-resistant applications. Akulon XP also meets US FDA standards for food contact.

Akulon XP is the leading product in DSM's comprehensive portfolio of products for film producers. Other products include:
Yparex adhesive resins, including types tailored for optimum performance with Akulon XP
Standard Akulon Polyamide 6 film resins with a wide range of viscosities Together, these products enable DSM to offer comprehensive solutions to nylon barrier problems.
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