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Rhodia Unveil New Developments in Engineering Plastics

12 November 2004

A new production unit in Shanghai and several new product launches were among the new developments unveiled by Rhodia Polyamide at the recent K2004 international engineering plastics trade fair in Düsseldorf.

The new engineering plastics production unit in China will produce the full range of Rhodia’s Technyl PA6, 66 and 66/6 polyamides in addition to the Technyl Star and Technyl Alloy ranges and other thermoplastics. It will enable the Group to substantially reinforce its positions in Asia and, in particular, China.

Designed to anticipate the production requirements of the Chinese polyamides market, projected to grow more than 20% per year, the new factory will ultimately manufacture 40,000 metric tons when fully operational enabling Rhodia to extend its leadership in the engineering plastics market. The new unit is based at Rhodia’s existing site in Shanghai, which includes a major Research & Development centre and sales teams.

The Engineering Plastics business also launched some new products during the K2004 trade fair which include Technyl Force, a new long-fibre engineering plastic, based on the unique high fluidity technology of Technyl Star and particularly well-suited to satisfying energy absorption requirements in the event of an impact on the front body panels. This new product range makes it possible to optimize design and reduce the weight of structural parts without compromising their performance.

Rhodia also released Technyl SI, a new polyamide that claims to offer increased stiffness and resistance to impact up to 20% greater than other listed products available in the market. These materials have been designed to create new opportunities for polyamide in applications such as machine components, power tools, sports equipment, and others.






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