Polyamide is used in countless everyday items – from apparel, toothbrushes, carpets and automobile fittings all the way through to PC housings, dowels and pipes. For manufacturing extremely flexible, high-performance products from polyamide 6 (PA6), Oerlikon Manmade Fibers offers a broad range of machines and systems that the company has now further expanded.
At the end of March 2018, the group segment acquired the decades-long tried-and-tested technology of PE Polymer Engineering Plant Construction GmbH, based in Thuringia, Germany. This includes the entire polyamide 6 polycondensation systems division and its PA6/6.6 co-polymer and the patented dimer-hydrolysis procedures for feeding recycled-lactam with the very highest end-product quality. With this expansion of the product range to include the melt preparation process step, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers now covers the entire polyamide process chain for fibers and filaments –from the melt to the granulate through to the finished yarn. This guarantees the necessary knowledge base for entering the high-end PA6 granulate market for the engineering plastics and film packaging industries. Customers also benefit from an internationally tried-and-tested implementation concept that covers everything from sourcing investment through to securing operational availability throughout the entire lifespan of a system.