Arkema receives Pierre Potier 2008 Prize for its Pebax® Rnew, a high performance polymer derived from renewable resources
With its long-standing experience spanning some sixty years, Arkema today is the world leader in castor oil chemistry from which Rilsan® 11 is obtained, the only high performance polyamide entirely derived from a renewable raw material.
The Pebax® Rnew range of thermoplastic elastomers rewarded by the Pierre Potier 2008 Prize is directly derived from this chemistry, which is characterized by smaller fossil energy needs and fewer CO2¹ emissions. Accordingly, Pebax® Rnew naturally fits in with the eco-design approach adopted by a large number of industrial sectors, e.g. electronics, medical, sports and automotive, for their high added value products.
Pebax® Rnew: outstanding properties
Pebax® Rnew features in particular far superior mechanical properties than competitive materials, as well as excellent resistance to termal ageing and ultra-violet rays. Pebax® Rnew also stands out by a remarkable dynamic behavior whereby it dissipates less energy than other materials of a similar hardness, a characteristic which is reflected in excellent resistance to flexural and tensile stress. Pebax® Rnew therefore affords an unrivalled compromise between rigidity and cold mechanical strength.
Countless applications for Pebax® Rnew
Pebax® Rnew has countless applications in many industrial sectors. It is present, for example, in car interiors, in particular in airbag components. It can be sterilized, and so is used in the manufacture of medical equipment, in particular dressings and catheters. Electronic equipment manufacturers capitalize on its outstanding properties for the manufacture of mobile phones and laptop computers. Leading sports brands use Pebax® Rnew for its light weight, sturdiness, and shock absorbency.
Pebax® Rnew already approved for Scarpa ski boots and Mizuno running shoes
Close cooperation between Arkema’s R&D teams and those of Italian skiing equipment manufacturer Scarpa has led to the development of Scarpa’s new Hurricane long-distance ski boot, now much in demand.
The properties of Pebax® Rnew benefit not just winter sports, but many other sports disciplines too. Running is a prime example, with the new Wave shoe from the Japanese brand Mizuno which will use Pebax® Rnew for the sole of its shoes.
A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema consists of three strategically related businesses: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Arkema reported sales of 5.7 billion euros in 2007. Arkema has 15,200 employees in over 40 countries and six research centers located in France, the United States and Japan. With internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.
¹Compared to traditional Pebax®, Pebax Rnew® helps reduce the amount of fossil energy required by 29% and emissions of CO2 equivalent by 25 to 32%.