A technical thermoplastic polymer obtained by the polymerization of a monomer having both an acid and an amine function. Arkema is the world’s sole producer of polyamide 11 (11 carbon atoms) from a vegetable raw material, castor oil, and marketed under the tradename Rilsan®.
The Group also manufactures polyamide 12 (12 carbon atoms) derived from oil, marketed under the tradename Rilsamid®.
Since the acquisition of Hipro Polymers in 2012, Arkema has been manufacturing polyamide 10, also from castor oil.
Much valued for their resistance to heat, chemicals and abrasion, these polyamides are used in highly demanding applications: automotive and transport (fuel lines, fluid transfer circuits such as brakes, clutch, cooling, etc.), oil and gas sector (umbilicals, flexible pipes, etc.), textile industry (technical and high-end textiles, etc.), and electronics (cell phone casing components, etc.).