Polyamide (PA), also known as Nylon, is possibly the largest engineering thermoplastic material with immense usage in technical applications of myriad application segments, including automotive. Polyamide in automotive continues to show healthy growth potential, as per Fact.MR report. There are six different types of polyamide grades based on the way they are polymerized with monomer, with each of its type having different properties, and thereby different applications.
Once composed of metal, automobile air pipe manifolds are now mainly made-up from over 30% glass-reinforced polyamide 6. Adoption of polyamide grades 4,6 and 6,6 in manifolds remains robust, as nylon curtails production costs by 30%, produces comparatively light weight parts, decreases system costs by integrating parts and trigger better fuel efficiency.
Applications of polyamide in automotive is limited to manifolds only, as it is witnessing impressive adoption as polyamide 6 in engine covers, on the back of this grade’s tendency to deliver thin-walled designs, enhance surface look, and a broader processing window. Another automotive market section to witness impressive polyamide adoption is rocker valve covers, wherein polyamide in the form of PA 6 is finding intensive application as it maintains stiffness and strength better over the life of the vehicle.
Automotive manufacturers are also adopting polyamide in airbag containers, as its PA 6 grade offers impressive parts integration, making parts lightweight as compared to containers made up of metal. The adoption is expected to rise further as containers composed of PA 6 don’t shatter at low temperatures, and also showcase enough strength and stiffness to endure high temperatures without hampering the quality of the end product.
Other polyamide applications that are prompting automotive manufactures to employ polyamide include car’s powertrain, wherein manufacturers continue to promote plastic chain tensioner guides composed of PA 4,6. This can be attributed to its impressive wear performance compared to PA 6,6, a high molecular weight polyamide grade.
Furthermore, the adoption of polyamide is also driven by its PA 6,6 ability to improve safety and curtail noise generation. Besides, Polyamide has also intrigued automotive cooling systems, with manufacturers gravitating towards it as it allows cohort of different components, once used to be composed of plastics and aluminum. The reports finds that Polyamide in automotive market will continue to witness myriad applications, in turn leading to significant demand for polyamide.
Exceptional Polyamide Properties Triggering its Adoption in E-Mobility
With the automakers gaining awareness about multitude advantages of adopting polyamide in e-mobility market, the sales of polyamide is expected to rise. Fact.MR report opines that the growing potential of polyamide in e-mobility market could create numerous fresh avenues for polyamide manufacturers in the e-mobility market in the coming time.
Myriad factors continue to create increasing growth opportunities for polyamide manufacturers in e-mobility market. The key growth factors identified by the Fact.MR report include rapidly-growing trend of electrification of vehicles to alleviate negative effects of transportation industry on environment, burgeoning electric cars’ adoption in developing countries accelerating sales opportunities for polyamide manufactures, polyamide adoption to create light weight automotive parts in a world driven by demand for light weight vehicles, growing preference for high-performance plastic in electric vehicle components, and polyamide’s thermal stability owing to its high melting point continue to make it a highly used type of high-performance plastic in e-mobility.
Fact.MR study finds that polyamide manufacturers are taking strategic moves to move ahead of the competition, for instance, they are promoting the exceptional properties of polyamide to drive its adoption in innovative automotive components, including control units in autonomous cars.
Fact.MR’s study offers an accurate forecast on the polyamide in e-mobility market for the period between 2018 and 2028, anticipating that the demand for polyamide in e-mobility market will witness 6% growth in 2019 over 2018. It opines that electric vehicle stock will reach about 5 million in 2019.
Mohit Loshali, an experienced campaigner, writes about the latest evolutions and trends in the automotive and allied domains. He has helped clients from across the globe with his thought-provoking research and analysis.