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Solvay presents new grade for precision ABS/ESC brake & e-mobility components

August 09/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay has announced the launch of a new grade of KetaSpire PEEK, KT-850 SCF 30, designed for precision brake system and e-mobility electronic pump components, as per the company's press release.

Carbon fiber filled PEEK has traditionally been used for anti-lock brake system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) components, such as tappets, poppets and plungers. The new KT-850 SCF 30 grade enables further metal (aluminum) replacement by improving the flow characteristics of the material and the surface finish of parts.

ABS/ESC plungers play a critical role in the function of the systems hydraulic unit. The system combines an electronic pump, an electronic control unit (ECU), valves which control braking pressure at the wheels, and sensors that measure the speed of the wheels. The plunger is responsible for operating the valves movement by controlling the brake fluid supply.

Replacing metal with polymeric plungers requires a material like KetaSpire KT-850 SCF 30 which provides a balance of high performance properties including coefficient of friction, mechanical strength, dimensional tolerance control, and sealing capability.

The new carbon-filled KetaSpire PEEK grade comes at a critical time when manufacturers are looking for enhanced sealing and mechanical performance. This means it is a real solution for the e-mobility market and we are proud it is part of our complete range of high-performance solutions for brake systems, states Brian Baleno, Head of Marketing  - Transportation at Solvays Materials Segment. The specialized portfolio also includes Amodel PPA for ABS/ESC pistons, motor end caps, solenoids, brake booster sensors, and e-parking brake housings; Ryton PPS for brake pistons and valve housings, and Fomblin PFPE for electric parking brake lubricants.

As part of Solvays One Planet commitment to sustainability, the company utilizes 100% renewable electricity in the production of its PEEK, PPA and PPS base polymers in the United States, and is the only manufacturing company among the Top 10 Corporate Solar Users in the ranking of the Solar Energy Industries Association.

As MRC reported earlier, in August, 2020, through the acquisition of the Solvay polyamide (PA) business, BASF  enhanced its R&D capabilities in Asia Pacific with new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material and part testing services. BASF is planning to integrate the R&D centers from Solvay into its R&D existing facilities in Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. The enhanced capabilities will boost BASFs position as a solution provider to develop advanced material solutions for key industries.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, consumption increased in the Russian acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) sector this year. Overall ABS consumption totalled 26,710 tonnes in January-May 2021, up by 60% year on year.
May ABS consumption was 5,320 tonnes versus 2,980 tonnes a year earlier.

Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering  better life. The Groups innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the worlds top three companies for the vast majority of its activities.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Asia, PS, ABS, compounding, car components, petrochemistry, electrical goods, poliamid, BASF, Solvay, sustainable development.
Category:General News
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