Evonik Industries plans to build a new production line for its polyamide 12 powder (PA12) in Marl, Germany.

The new plant, which is scheduled to become operational in late 2017, will increase the group’s existing annual capacity for polyamide 12 powders by 50% and require an investment the mid double-digit million euro range.

‘The planned investment in the new polyamide 12 powder facility represents the next step in our growth strategy,’ said Dr Ralph Sven Kaufmann, chief operating officer of Evonik.

The powders can be used to make a matrix for thermoplastic composites made of glass fiber, carbon fibers, and aramid or steel fibers. Applications can be found in the automotive and oil drilling industry, the sports sector and in orthopedics. The material can also be used to coat metals for household appliances such as dishwasher baskets and also in automotive and medical technology production and as matting and structural agents in coatings. PA12 powders are suitable for use in powder-based 3D printing processes such as selective laser sintering (SLS) and high-speed sintering (HSS). 

This story is adapted from material from Evonik, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.