Polyplastics Reports Strong Growth for DURACON (R) POM for Gear/Bearing Markets
Polyplastics Co., Ltd.
Polyplastics Co., Ltd. reports strong global demand for its high sliding grades of DURACON (R) polyoxymethylene (POM) resin which are based on the company’s leading-edge noise reduction technology. These materials are specially designed for plastic gears and bearings for audiovisual devices, office automation systems, home appliances, and automotive components.
DURACON POM holds about a 60% share of the Japanese POM resin market, and roughly 30% of the global market, says Polyplastics. Noise reduction grades account for approximately 6% of the total sales volume of DURACON POM.
Among crystalized resins, POM is used in the majority of gear applications instead of resins such as PA and PBT due to its superior strength and stiffness in a temperature range of 60C to 80C (140F to 176F), which is typical for office automation and automotive applications.
Polyplastics’ line of high sliding grades includes DURACON (R) POM NW-02, an all-purpose material with both advantages of PE-alloy-type and non-alloy-type grades. It is the highest selling among the high sliding grades suitable for various conditions and applications, and used in many industries including office automation and automotive components.
DURACON (R) POM SW-01 is an alloy-type grade that is suitable for high-pressure sliding conditions. It has achieved success in the automotive industry for such components as bearings and cams whose requirements can’t be filled by conventional noise reduction grades. DURACON (R) POM LW-02 is a non-alloy-type grade which was recently developed to meet the more stringent requirements of office automation component and equipment manufacturers in the areas of wear, fatigue, and noise.