Nylon Corp. of America (Nycoa) is commercializing new grades of nylon copolymer alloys while working to increase its resin-making capacity by 10 percent by the end of the year.
The alloys are part of a new strategy at Manchester, N.H.-based Nycoa, according to product manager Christopher Coco.
``We've done a lot of copolymer development in the last couple of years,'' Coco said in an Aug. 4 phone interview. ``The new alloys have very low flex modulus without the use of plasticizers.''
Markets for the alloys include athletic shoe soles, windshield wiper tubing, brake cables and laminated sheet used in skis and snowboards.
Nycoa expects to launch one or two new grades of the alloys in early 2005. The materials first were commercialized in late 2003.
The capacity increase is being done through a debottlenecking that should be wrapped up by the end of November, Coco said. The site currently can make about 30 million pounds of nylon 6 annually.
Like many resin makers and compounders, Nycoa has struggled with high feedstock costs in 2004. Coco said Nycoa has raised prices for its products because of similar price hikes on nylon feedstocks such as caprolactam.
``It's been challenging,'' Coco said. ``It seems like every week we're seeing price increases on feedstocks.''
Nycoa also added a Midwest-based sales representative earlier this year. Nycoa employs 60 at a polymerization and compounding site in Manchester.