Solvay Wins People’s Choice Award for Amodel® Bios PPA
Sustainable manufacturing of partially bio-sourced resin acknowledged with 2023 PIA Re|Focus Sustainability Innovation Award
Solvay, a global market leader in specialty materials, has announced that its Amodel® Bios polyphthalate amide (PPA) has won the Plastics Industry Association’s (PIA) 2023 People’s Choice Award contest, in which the partially bio-based polymer competed with the final nominees from all 2023 PIA Re|Focus Sustainability Innovation Award categories. The award was presented to Solvay during the Re|Focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) on May 2 and recognizes the environmental benefits derived from the material’s sustainable production.
“We are extremely proud to receive this prestigious award, which truly celebrates our efforts and initiatives to pioneer the sustainability focus in our industry,” said Brian Baleno, Head of Marketing Automotive at Solvay. “It is great to see appreciation for an innovative solution that reduces environmental impact without compromising material performance.”
Amodel® Bios PPA is a partially bio-sourced long-chain PPA made with non-food competing biomass. It is produced at Solvay’s Augusta, Georgia manufacturing site, which uses 100% renewable electricity to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions*. Thanks to this sustainable combination, the polymer has the lowest global warming potential (GWP) of all PPA resins, world-wide. Further extending its favorable environmental performance profile, the plant has reduced water consumption and non-sustainable industrial waste by 38% and 34%, respectively, compared to a 2018 baseline.
Key properties of Amodel® Bios PPA include the highest glass transition temperature (Tg 135°C) among all biobased PPA resins, very low moisture absorption, high elongation and weld line strength, excellent dimensional stability and chemical resistance. The polymer is available in specialized structural, electrification and flame-retardant grades. It shows good colorability and flow, and delivers aesthetic surface quality as molded. With an ideal fit in automotive and electronics, Amodel® Bios PPA is particularly suitable for e-mobility and electrical applications and helps manufacturers meet ambitious carbon reduction targets, including Scope 3*. Typical applications are surface mount devices, connectors, circuit breakers, switches and fluid connectors.
Amodel® is a registered trademark of Solvay.
* Within the framework of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP), Scope 1 refers to direct emissions from in-house production processes, Scope 2 to indirect emissions from purchased energy, and Scope 3 to all other indirect emissions from upstream and downstream sources, such as material supplies, packaging and transportation.
Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 22,000 employees in 63 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet roadmap crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering a better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of €13.4 billion in 2022. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris (SOLB). Learn more at www.solvay.com.