DuPont's Mobility and Materials unit is seeing "a huge push" on sustainability, according to Global Research and Development Vice President Scott Collick.
"All of our customers are focused on their carbon footprints and are looking at recycled content and biomaterials," Collick said Oct. 18 in an interview at K 2022.
Customers' preferences on sustainable materials depends on their industries, he added. Collick also said the rise of mass-balance standards "gives us a lot of flexibility. … It was a real breakthrough in the industry."
Use of a new Zytel HTN nylon resin offers "the best of both worlds" in a plastic/metal battery cooling application, he said. The combination offers the flexibility of plastics with the thermal conductivity of metal.
Other DuPont materials on display at K 2022 are focused on sustainable materials and application developments. New products include materials for sustainable solutions, automotive electrification, robotics, consumer electronics, sporting goods and footwear.
DuPont's booth at K 2022 includes Future Lab, a section of the stand where designers and engineers can find eco-friendly solutions that are new or have yet to be introduced to the market. These materials include Hytrel ECO B-brand thermoplastic elastomers made with biomass; Rynite-brand PET based on post-consumer recyclate; and foamable grades of Hytrel for weight reduction.