DuPont invests in the first Zytel HTN polymer production facility in Europe

DuPont Performance Materials has invested in Zytel HTN PPA polymer capacity at its Uentrop facility in Germany. This will be the first Zytel HTN polymer production facility in Europe. Construction is already under way and the plant is expected to begin production in the summer of 2016.

DuPont introduced Zytel HTN in 1994 to cost effectively bridge the performance gap between conventional engineering resins and high-end specialty polymers. The increase in Zytel HTN capacity is needed to meet the growing global demand for the material in automotive, electrical, industrial and consumer electronics markets.

Richard Mayo, global business director for the nylon and polyester businesses in DuPont Performance Materials, said: “The decision to invest in Zytel HTN production capacity in Europe reflects our firm commitment to the European market and our determination to support the growing demand from customers in Europe with local supply of the products and services they need.”

Zytel HTN PPA grades are said to retain stiffness, strength and mechanical properties despite exposure to high temperatures, chemicals and moisture, suiting them for automotive underhood components and systems, connectors and bushings. In consumer electronics, Zytel HTN polyamides enable designers to create lighter and thinner products when used in the design of mobile phones, tablets and other handheld devices.

Tom Austin-Morgan

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