Arkema: Bioplastic Rilsan® PA11 approved

Arkema’s Rilsan® PA11 has been approved by several automotive contractors for biodiesel fuel lines in Europe and Brazil. Rilsan® PA11 indeed features superior ageing resistance to biodiesel at high temperature. This renewable source high performance bioplastic derived from castor seeds opens up the way to the use of biodiesel in automotive fuel lines.
Today’s increasing use of biofuels has led Arkema to develop a new Rilsan® grade, M-BESN Noir P210TL, specifically for biodiesel. Biofuels are in fact much more aggressive than traditional crude oil based fuels. Arkema’s Rilsan® biodiesel grade benefits from the inherent properties of polyamide 11 that ensure superior performance compared to polyamide 12, in particular with its outstanding chemical and mechanical ageing resistance at high temperature in the presence of pure biodiesel.
Arkema has been renowned for many years for its specific polyamide grades for fuel lines in diesel cars. Rilsan® PA11 BESN Noir P20TL is now the reference material for diesel fuel lines thanks to its outstanding resistance to high temperatures in the under-hood environment of vehicles. Used instead of rubber and metal assemblies, Rilsan® also affords significant cost savings.
In addition, biobased Rilsan® PA11 can be combined with conductive Rilsan® PA11 whenever electrical conductivity complying with Standard SAE J1645 is required (Rilperm® 2101 twin-layer line).
By adapting its product range to the requirements of carmakers, Arkema aims to strengthen its position as a dedicated high-performance polyamide supplier to the automotive industry.
Arkema is committed to sustainable development by developing and marketing products for today’s generations, and not at the expense of tomorrow’s generations. The use of renewable source fuels such as biodiesel and flexfuel combined with the use of biobased Rilsan® PA11 can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
With global brands like Rilsan®, Pebax® and Platamid®, unique products like Rilsan® biobased PA11, and leading capacities in Rilsan® PA 11 and 12, Arkema’s Technical Polymers business unit provides its customers with global coverage and superior regional service from production facilities and research sites in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
A global chemical player, Arkema consists of 3 coherent and balanced business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 18,400 employees, Arkema achieves sales of 5.7 billion euros. With its 6 research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

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