CLEVELAND – March 11, 2021 – Avient today launched two new materials based on polyketone (PK) that deliver comparable performance and lower production-related CO2 levels than nylon (PA66 and PA6) and acetal (POM).
Developed in response to current nylon supply constraints, the new Edgetek™ PKE and LubriOne™ PKE series provide performance similar to PA66 and PA6. These specialty PK formulations combine excellent chemical and hydrolysis resistance to meet the challenges of harsh applications, such as those found in chemical, fuel contact, or high-moisture environments. The new materials also offer sustainability benefits over the product lifecycle through carbon footprint reductions compared to competitive materials - PK base resin production emits up to 61 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) than nylon and POM. Additionally, the new grades are formaldehyde-free, addressing VOC concerns in manufacturing compared to POM.
“These developments provide a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to PA66 and PA6 supply constraints hindering our customers,” said Matt Mitchell, director, global marketing of Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient. “Better still, the two series offer comparable performance to traditional materials and help support sustainability goals across many industries.”
The Edgetek PKE series includes short glass-reinforced formulations with 10-40 percent short glass fiber. These materials provide exceptional chemical resistance, low moisture uptake, excellent dimensional stability, and high impact and wear resistance. The reinforced grades are targeted at applications in the industrial, electronics and transportation markets like pipes and tubing, electrical battery components, and under-the-hood fuel or chemical contact components.
The LubriOne PKE series are internally lubricated grades that combine chemical resistance performance with improved wear resistance and low coefficient of friction properties. The added lubricity helps to meet the low friction needs of applications in industrial, electronics and appliance markets like conveyor belts, gears, switches, pumps, and spigots.
Avient’s new PKE portfolio series are commercially available around the world.
Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), with 2020 pro forma revenues of $3.8 billion, provides specialized and sustainable material solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world. Examples include:
• Barrier technologies that preserve the shelf-life and quality of food, beverages, medicine and other perishable goods through high-performance materials that require less plastic
• Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation
• Breakthrough technologies that minimize wastewater and improve the recyclability of materials and packaging across a spectrum of end uses
Avient employs approximately 8,400 associates and is certified ACC Responsible Care®, a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and certified Great Place to Work®. For more information, visit www.avient.com.
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