Evonik Industries has recently made plans to build a new production line for special polyamide 12 powder (PA12) in Marl (Germany) with an investment volume in the mid double-digit million euro range. The new plant will increase the Group’s existing annual capacity for polyamide 12 powders by 50%.
“The planned investment in the new polyamide 12 powder facility represents the next step in our growth strategy. Our intention is to solidify Evonik’s leading position as a provider of polyamide 12-based high performance polymers and utilize the growth potential of new application areas,” said Dr. Ralph Sven Kaufmann, Chief Operating Officer of Evonik.
The Resource Efficiency Segment of Evonik is the market leader for polyamide 12 powders, which are sold under the brand name VESTOSINT®. The powders are used, for example, to coat metals for household appliances such as dishwasher baskets and medical technology production. Evonik also anticipates significant increases in demand in tool-free production–especially in the 3D printing industry.
Due to their mechanical properties and chemical resistance as well as the high melting point of finished products, PA12 powders are particularly suitable for use in powder-based 3D printing processes such as selective laser sintering (SLS) and high-speed sintering (HSS).