Polyplastics expands supply of engineering plastics for automotive and medical

Japanese Polyplastics Group will showcase its extensive engineering thermoplastics portfolio and materials sourcing capabilities at the upcoming K 2022 trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company will discuss the latest developments in its Duracon POM, Laperos LCP and Topas COC product lines, which meet demanding end-use requirements in the medical, electrical/electronics and automotive industries.

With the full acquisition by Daicel in 2020, Polyplastics has expanded its options for market growth and geographic coverage. The company increased its liquid crystal polymer (LCP) sales in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas while making timely investments in capacity to better respond to market growth.

German Technology Center Supports EU Customers

Polyplastics’ Technical Solutions Center in Raunheim, Germany officially opened in April. The one-stop shop meets the technical support needs of its growing customer base in Europe. “This investment reaffirms our continued commitment to the engineering plastics market in Europe,” said Yohei Iizuka, Managing Director of Polyplastics Europe GmbH. “The new technical service operation will support application development work and enable our customers to shape their innovations from concept to commercialization.”

The company installed an injection molding machine to facilitate customer molding trials, improve processing problems, and support application development and other collaborative projects. A new showroom showcases cutting-edge technologies, advanced designs and new materials from Polyplastics. The showroom also offers space for customer seminars.

New POM factory in China

At K 2022, Polyplastics will also highlight its expanded global sourcing capability, which includes the planned construction of a new polyacetal (POM) manufacturing facility in Nantong Economic Development Zone, Jiangsu Province, China. China. A production capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year is planned in two stages. The new capacity will meet growing POM demand, improve delivery times and reduce transportation costs. The initial start-up of 90,000 tonnes/year of capacity is scheduled for November 2024.

Polyplastics’ LCP business, driven by strong growth in electrical/electronics, plans to build a new polymerization plant with a production capacity of 5,000 tons/year at Polyplastics Taiwan. In recent years, the LCP market demand has increased due to the increasing investment in 5G equipment. LCP applications are expected to continue to grow with the widespread adoption of 5G and mmWave devices. Polyplastics now offers Laperos LCP worldwide.

Medical boosts COC growth

Polyplastics will also highlight strong growth in cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), which will be supported by the construction of a new production plant in Leuna, Germany. The new plant, which will be operated by local Polyplastics subsidiary Topas Advanced Polymers GmbH, will have a capacity of 20,000 tonnes per year, adding significant room for growth beyond current production. The installation will be operational in the second half of 2024.

COC has become a crucial component in many medical devices due to its purity and glassy properties. Additionally, in packaging products, the addition of Topas COC increases the performance of base polyolefins, enabling the development of better recyclable and sustainable solutions.

Regenerated cellulose in LFT resin balances physical properties

One of the major recent developments in materials is the introduction of Plastron LFT (Long Fiber Thermoplastic) resin incorporating specially formulated regenerated cellulose fibers. This eco-friendly version of Breastplate LFT offers weight reduction and mechanical strength, allowing manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint.

Environmentally friendly resins that incorporate natural fibers, starch, wood powder and other natural plant and mineral fillers are being considered for use in a wider range of applications. apps. Cellulose is a promising material to help reduce CO2 emissions, but its insufficient resistance is a limiting factor. Polyplastics solved this problem by using regenerated cellulose in the development of LFT resins with an excellent balance of physical properties.

In December 2021, Polyplastics acquired a stake in Daicel-Evonik Ltd. from its parent company Daicel Corp., the name of the joint venture becoming Polyplastics-Evonik Corp. Thanks to this, Polyplastics now supplies Polyamide (PA) 12 and PEEK, both available in Asia only.

Visitors to Show K can find Polyplastics at stand B02 in Hall 7A.

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