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Polymers and materials

Polyamide

Natural polyamides include wool and silk. One of the best known synthetic polyamides is nylon. All these products are polymers made of monomers linked by an amide bond. Nylon 6 (or polyamide 6) is produced from caprolactam, which in its turn is produced from fossil oil. In the 1950ies, nylon 6 was already produced in Emmen by the AKU (Algemene Kunstzijde Unie) factory.

Natural polyamides include wool and silk. One of the best known synthetic polyamides is nylon. All these products are polymers made of monomers linked by an amide bond. Nylon 6 (or polyamide 6) is produced from caprolactam, which in its turn is produced from fossil oil. In the 1950ies, nylon 6 was already produced in Emmen by the AKU (Algemene Kunstzijde Unie) factory.

Our developments

On the Emmtec Industry & Business Park, DSM Engineering Plastics is a producer of polyamide 6 granulate. Polyamide 6 is used in applications ranging from automotive, electronics and electrical, to furniture and packaging. It should be possible to produce caprolactam from biomass, however, no commercially viable production processes has been developed so far.

Companies involved

The chemical company DSM produces polyamide 6 and derived compounds in Emmen.

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