Specialty Polymers for Food Contact Consumer Applications

Amodel® PPA

When standard nylon is not enough

Amodel® PPA is a family of high-performance polyamides that outperform standard polyamides, offering higherend-use temperatures, lower moisture absorption, better dimensional stability, and improved resistance to creep and fatigue. Typical applications include valves for hot water tanks and boilers, chassis parts in fryers, ovens, coffee machines and other household appliances.

Key features

  • Higher strength and stiffness
  • Better retention of mechanical properties in high humidity
  • Greater resistance to a broader range of chemicals

 

Ixef® PARA

Uniquely combines strength and beauty

Ixef® PARA is a family of high-performance, partially aromatic polyamides used for applications needing overall strength and a high-qualtiy surface finish for applications where aesthetics are important. The tensile strength of PARA compounds are similar to many cast metals and alloys at room temperature. Low and slow moisture absorption provides excellent dimensional stability. Highflow grades produce structural components that are very thin, extremely rigid, and dimensionally stable. Typical applications include those where aesthetics are important such as levers, oven handles, coffee drip grids, and external housing components.

Key features

  • Very high strength and stiffness
  • Excellent surface finish
  • High flow for thin-walled, structural parts

 

Omnix® HPPA

Filling cost-performance gaps

Omnix® HPPA is a family of partially aromatic polyamides that bridge the cost-performance gap between PA66 and higher performing polyamides, like Amodel® PPA. Omnix® HPPA compounds can be used in molds designed for other engineering plastics, like PA6, PA66 and PBT. These attributes make this polymer an economical alternative to die-cast alloys, and provides efficient and cost-effective manufacturing. Typical applications include appliance handles housings and other structural components.

Key features

  • Bridges the gap between PA66 and PPA
  • Economical alternative to die-cast alloys
  • Efficient, cost-effective manufacturing

 

Ryton® PPS

Ideal for continuous use in hot environments

Ryton® PPS offers exceptional dimensional stability for components needing to withstand prolonged, high-temperature service. It is inherently flame retardant and offers excellent chemical resistance. Typical applications include fryers, rice cookers and ovens, chassis, pump housings, and non-stick cookware.

Key features

  • Inherent UL-94 V-0 rating
  • Best-in-class long-term heat resistance
  • Outstanding chemical resistance

 

KetaSpire® PEEK

More design freedom and better chemical resistance then stainless steel

KetaSpire® PEEK is one of the highest performing, semi-crystalline thermoplastics available today, offering a combination of superlative properties that allow it to effectively replace metal in some of the most severe enduse environments. It possesses high surface hardness, good tribological properties, thermal stability, and flame retardancy, together with toughness, ductility, superior creep, excellent fatigue and long-term thermal oxidative resistance. All these characteristics make it ideal for the manufacturing of parts such as milk nozzles for coffee machines, ejectors for coffee pads, bearings, and oven applications.

Key features

  • Best-in-class fatigue performance
  • Easy to clean
  • High surface hardness

 

AvaSpire® PAEK

Unique combinations of performance and value

AvaSpire® PAEK is a family of high-performance polyketones tailored to fill cost and performance gaps between PEEK and other high-performance polymers. Depending on the grade, ductility and toughness can be significantly improved versus comparable grades of PEEK, delivering 20% higher tensile elongation at yield and double tensile elongation at break values. Similar to PEEK, it can be used for the same kind of applications within the Consumer Goods market.

Key features

  • Tougher than PEEK
  • Stiffer and less creep than PEEK between 150°C and 210°C

 

Udel® PSU

A transparent, temperature-resistant polymer with good chemical resistance

Among all sulfone polymers Udel® PSU features the highest transparency. Different to polycarbonate, it provides excellent hydrolytic and good stress cracking resistance against many solvents and chemicals. Its high glass transition temperature (180°C) makes it the material of choice for many food service applications like trays, pipes, tubes and fittings as well as for household appliances such as transparent control windows, covers and hoods.

Key features

  • Long-term temperature resistance up to 170°C
  • Excellent hydrolytic resistance

 

Radel® PPSU

The premium sulfone: tough, transparent and temperature resistant

Radel® PPSU is an amorphous, transparent sulfones providing a glossy and hard surface. It combines excellent mechanical performance with outstanding chemical resistance. Other features include little water absorption, UL-94 V-0 rating and an RTI up to 180°C. It is used in various applications in contact with hot water, steam, oil and grease like fittings for beverage preparation, hot water boilers, transparent windows and hoods for fryers and rice cookers. Radel® PPSU is also a good choice for baby bottle and other baby care applications.

Key features

  • Unique toughness level combined with excellent chemical and hydrolytic resistance
  • Long-term temperature resistance up to 190°C

 

Veradel® PESU

High-heat transparency and chemical resistance

Veradel® PESU is a transparent plastic that combines high heat resistance with good chemical resistance. It exhibits nominal moisture absorption for excellent dimensional stability and is inherently flame retardant. Typical applications include baby bottles, food trays, pipes, tubes, fittings and transparent hoods.

Key features

  • High heat resistance
  • Excellent hydrolytic stability
  • Resistance to stress-cracking
  • Excellent electrical properties

 

Solef® PVDF

Melt-processable fluoropolymer

Solef® PVDF is a semi-crystalline, injection moldable and extrudable fluoropolymer that offers excellent resistance to chemicals and oxidation, exceptional fatigue resistance, and long-term hydrostatic strength. It’s “olefin-like” surface appearance provide good sealing properties. It has been used successfully in domestic water supply applications for nearly 20 years and is widely used for fittings with sealing functions in many appliances like beverage preparation machines. Solef® PVDF is an easy to clean material.

Key features

  • Outstanding hydrolytic resistance
  • Smooth surface to prevent biofilm adhesion