Friedrichshafen, Germany — Makers of nylon and other engineering resins were front and center at the recent Fakuma trade show in Friedrichshafen.
ForTii was Royal DSM's favorite number at the event. The Dutch materials maker promoted a new grade of the high-performance nylon — called ForTii Ace — for water management care. The material, introduced at K 2016, was developed for demanding drinking water applications.
"Water consumption is increasing globally," said Europe Commercial Director Joost d'Hooghe. The new ForTii grade "completes our portfolio in water management," he added.
The ForTii Ace grade has 30 percent glass fiber content and has proven superior retention of properties in long-term water contact, officials said.
For structural parts, ForTii can provide both temperature and chemical resistance, according to automotive program manager Tim Vorage. ForTii Ace also has been commercialized in a part for a weed trimmer.
DSM employs 25,000 worldwide and has annual sales of around 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion).