July 30, 2013

Evonik develops lauric acid-based polyamide 12

Evonik said it has began operating a pilot plant for ω-amino lauric acid (ALS) in Slovenska Lupca, Slovakia, which is being developed as alternative to petroleum-based laurin lactam (LL) monomer.

LL is currently used as feedstock in the manufacture of polyamide 12 (PA 12), which according to reports, is an important chemical for the automobile industry given its used in cable ties, wire insulation, flexible hosing, nozzles, damping cogwheels, flexible cover caps, sheet gaskets, sealing rings, and in other fuel line applications/auto-related parts.

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