Lanxess (Cologne) has taken its new plant for polyamide (PA) plastics in Antwerp, Belgium, into operation as planned. The 90,000 tonnes/year will primarily serve the automotive industry.
|New Belgian PA plant primarily to serve auto sector.|
Key auto application for PA include under-the-hood, door structures, pedals, front ends and cockpit crossmembers. A lightweight design using PA can reportedly reduce weight by 10-50%, depending on the component, compared with the metal equivalent.
Furthermore, "the materials enable automobile manufacturers and suppliers to achieve considerable savings in production and facilitate assembly," says Lanxess.