BASF has added Ultramid B3U50G6, a flame-retardant and glass-fiber reinforced polyamide (PA 6), to its plastics range. The light-colorable grade meets household appliance standard IEC 60335–1 (glow-wire test, GWIT 800°C at 1 mm) and has high flowability. The new flame retardant­ system used in Ultramid B3U50G6 is not halogen-based and contains no antimony compounds.

The new grade is particularly suitable for use in connectors and program switches in unattended household appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, tumble dryers, stoves and ovens, as well as smaller devices fitted with a timer function such as coffee makers.

Ultramid B3U50G6, which is 30% glass-fiber reinforced, achieves the classification V0 (according to UL94) starting at a thickness of 0.8 millimeters. 

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