WEB EXCLUSIVE: China’s Cathay Industrial Biotech (U.S. office in Powell, Ohio) has developed a new line of nylons produced with a novel, proprietary technology that produces 1,5-pentane diamine monomer from sugar cane, making it 100% renewable. According to Alex Kedo, business director for North America, the 5-carbon diamine has been studied by many nylon producers but has not been commercially available with viable economics until now.
The new Terryl line of renewable nylons includes 5/6, 5/10, 5/12, 5/14, and 5/6/12 types. Preliminary tests have found this novel diamine offers performance comparable to the currently used six-carbon diamine—1,6-hexamethylene diamine (HMDA)—in many common nylons, while potentially also offering new properties in certain specialty applications.
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