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Bayer Introduces First Thermoformable Sheet Made of Polyamide

Bayer MaterialScience AG : 11 October, 2002  (Company News)
Bayer Plastics' new thermoformable polyamide sheet is designed to withstand high temperatures (140 degrees Celsius continuous use and 170 degrees Celsius short term use) and provide parts with a unique balance of stiffness and impact strength.
The impact-modified, 15 percent glass-reinforced Durethan® DP2-2140/15 Z H2.0 also has high rigidity, excellent chemical resistance and good low-temperature impact properties - making the material ideal for metal and fiberglass replacement, especially since it is regrindable and presents no emissions issues.

'Bayer Plastics' customers have been using thermoformed ABS and other weatherable polymers for years,' said James Walton, product manager for Bayer Plastics. 'Introducing an easily extrudable, thermoformable grade of our nylon is the next natural step. It now gives our customers an even broader range of thermoformable polymers from which to choose.'

The polyamide is designed for use in components that are exposed to high continuous service temperatures of up to 140 degrees Celsius. Durethan can also withstand short-term temperature peaks of 170 degrees Celsius without losing its balance of stiffness, strength and impact strength.

When it comes to large part and small- to medium-scale production, thermoforming is also significantly more cost-effective than injection molding, which has traditionally been used to manufacture most polyamide 6 components.

'Durethan fills a niche in the automotive, agriculture, heavy construction, and truck and bus markets, where our customers are looking for materials with Durethan's range of properties,' added Walton.
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