PRODUCTION OF THE FIRST NYLON SAMPLE
Wallace Hume Carothers
(1896 - 1937)
The first example of nylon was produced using diamines on February 28, 1935, by Wallace Hume Carothers at DuPont’s research facility at the DuPont Experimental Station.
It formed fibers that, after cold drawing, were strong, elastic, unaffected by water or most solvents, and had a high melting point. DuPont chose this fiber in July 1935 for full-scale production.
16th February 1937 – Wallace Carothers receives the patent for nylon.
BIRTH OF NYLON 6
Dr. Paul Schlack
(1897 - 1987)
On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Paul Schlack at IG Farben in Germany, developed nylon 6, a different molecule based on caprolactam, on January 29, 1938.
DuPont sold the licenses for the production of nylon 66 in Europe to Societè Usines Chimiques Rhone-Poulenc. At the same time IG Farben started mass production of PA6 in Berlin and Premnitz under the tradename Perlon. In 1942, the world’s largest industrial plant for producing caprolactam opened in Leuna. While a large-scale manufacture of filament yarn started at Landsberg (now Gorzów Wlkp.), east of Berlin, in 1943. In 1952 Belle-Etoile was chosen as a new site for nylon production by the Rhone-Poulenc Group.
Premnitz – Leuna – Gorzów – Belle Etoile
The history of TECHNYL®
“Study the past to define the future”
FIRST PRODUCTION OF TECHNYL® SOLUTIONS BY RHONE-POULENC
The first version of the TECHNYL® logo was found in this old brochure. The materials were produced by RHODIACETA at that time, as part of the Rhône-Poulenc Group. As we can see, the target industries were already defined and remained stable in the many years to come. Also the base resins were already at that time PA6, PA66, PA6.10 and copolymers.
“In the realm of scientific observation luck is granted only to those who are prepared.”
BELLE-ÉTOILE SITE EXPANSION
Over the course of 10 years, the Belle-Étoile site experienced significant expansion, reaching a surface area of 70 hectares by 1964.
“The only source of knowledge is experience”
TECHNYL® PRODUCTION MOVED TO BELLE-ÉTOILE
characteristic of the technology used to develop colors at DOMO Chemicals.
“Science is the captain, and practice the soldiers.”
TECHNYL® PRODUCTION UNIT REVAMP
In 1984 there was a revamp of the Belle-Étoile production unit including:
THE INSTALLATION OF A NEW PACKAGING LINE FOR ALL TECHNYL® SOLUTIONS
THE STARTUP OF A NEW PHONE SWITCHBOARD SYSTEM
AND THE START OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF WHAT TODAY IS THE APPLICATION CENTER LABORATORY
FIRST SAFETY CAMPAIGN DISCOVERED
Back in 1985, we found what looks like an early version of modern safety campaigns.
The employee magazine of that year featured relevant topics like correct posture at work and how to go up and down the stairs safely.
“The species that survives is the one that is able to adapt and adjust to the changing environment.”
Establishment of Nyltech France
In 1994 Rhone-Poulenc and Caffaro, Snia’s old plastic division formed a joint venture called Nyltech France which took over the brand and created a new version of the logo:
Nyltech France became Rhodia
“Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.”
Launch of TECHNYL STAR
In 2000 we see the birth of the first version of TECHNYL STAR®, a PA6 reinforced with 50% GF, heat stabilized and suitable for application where high rigidity was required. Due to its outstanding flow properties, the material easily filled the mold, and the surface aspect was excellent compared to standard solutions. The brand was officially registered in 2002.
The first halogen-free flame retardant solution based on TECHNYL STAR technology with UL Certification
In 2002, TECHNYL was the first brand to launch a halogen-free flame retardant polyamide based on TECHNYL STAR® technology to obtain UL Certification.
The TECHNYL® logo changes branding
Upgrade of TECHNYL STAR® technology
The next generation TECHNYL STAR®, the PA66-based AFX technology, was launched, bridging the gap between standard polyamide and more high-performance plastics or metal solutions.
Thanks to its very high level of performance, TECHNYL STAR® was the first metal replacement and light-weighting solution launched within the TECHNYL® range.
This innovation broadened the range of applications for which replacement of costly polymer or metal solutions with polyamide 66 became possible.
The patented polymerization breakthrough technology increased the level of performance, challenging costly high-performance specialty polyamides such as polyphtalamides, polyamide 4.6 or polyarylamides.
In comparison with other high-performance plastics, and apart from its flowability, TECHNYL STAR™ AFX offers the intrinsic processing superiority of PA 66, such as very fast crystallization resulting in short cycle times and superior surface finish.
TECHNYL® A218 G2 V30 was confirmed "best in class"
by becoming the reference material for BMW cars
In 2008 the cooling range TECHNYL A 218 V30 BK 34NG, TECHNYL A 218G1 V25 BK 34N and TECHNYL® A 218 G2 V30 34N were confirmed superior to other glass fiber reinforced polyamides in BMW’s tests on expansion tanks.
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
Opening of TECHNYL® Modern Innovation Center
The previous Application and Material Testing Laboratories spread around Europe were concentrated in Belle-Etoile along with a complete array of technical services designed to speed the time to market of new applications, from advanced material characterization to application validation. This included 3D printing of PA6-based functional prototypes, predictive simulation with MMI TECHNYL® Design, providing customers with more capabilities and synergies for eco-design agility and cost optimization.
Launch of Fuel In by TECHNYL®
Fuel’in by TECHNYL® was the name of the campaign launching a new product family specifically developed for fuel contact applications.
Integration of Rhodia by Solvay
Launch of TECHNYL® ONE
Launch of TECHNYL® ONE, a new patented polymer technology designed especially to help electrical protection product manufacturers address miniaturization challenges by combining unparalleled electrical performance with high thermal resistance, reduced tool corrosion and simplified processing – all in ONE.
Launch of TECHNYL® 4EARTH®
2016 marked another important milestone with the launch of the first TECHNYL® 4EARTH® line of sustainable polyamides, produced with the patented Move 4EARTH® technology, providing significant environmental benefits as compared to traditional virgin polyamide.
“The future depends on what you do today.”
Acquisition of the TECHNYL® brand by DOMO Chemicals
This acquisition of the TECHNYL® brand was a significant milestone on our path to strengthen DOMO Chemicals’ nylon-based engineering materials business. It was an important step in delivering on our sustainable growth strategy by combining and leveraging the unique technology, development and design capabilities of our combined teams to become a major global service provider to our customers in our key markets of Transportation, Electrical & Electronics and Consumer Goods.
The complementary portfolio of previously existing DOMAMID and ECONAMID compounds was merged under the TECHNYL® brand, making it the most complete PA6, PA66 and PA6.10-based family available on the market.
Global footprint global availability of TECHNYL® as a DOMO brand
Two years after the acquisition, with the end of the non-competition period outside Europe, DOMO Chemicals expanded access to TECHNYL® to customers worldwide. The introduction of TECHNYL® globally marked a new phase in DOMO’s expansion and ambition to serve key megatrends such as e-mobility, light-weighting and sustainability in terms of low GWP and circularity across all industries.
At the center of DOMO’s new sustainabilitystrategy is a commitment to:
Reduce scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2040 vs. 2019, with a climate neutrality target by 2050
Increase electricity from renewable sources to 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2040 against a 2019 baseline of 4%
Double the share of circular products in Engineered Materials sales by 2030 from today’s 10% baseline
What’s next in the TECHNYL innovation path?
2023 started with several important achievements in DOMO’s global expansion with the signing of a manufacturing agreement with MIKA INC in Korea, the groundbreaking for its new plant in Haiyan, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China and the inauguration of a new compounding line to serve the Indian market.
In the coming months, there will be more news on the enlargement of the sustainable portfolio with new recycling technologies … as the TECHNYL story continues…