VESTAMID® Terra

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Under the name VESTAMID® Terra Evonik markets a group of new polyamides based on renewable raw materials: The monomers are obtained partly or entirely from castor oil, a raw material that is neither foodstuff nor animal feed and whose cultivation does not compete with that of food crops.


Castor seeds
Unlike other bio-based polymers, the biopolyamides 610, 1010 and 1012 produced by Evonik are high-performance polymers. They are not disposable products, there are no restrictions on their service life, and they do not give rise to any technical weaknesses at all. On the contrary, biopolyamides are long-lived, durable and can be used in demanding applications, e. g. in the automotive industry. They products are typically applied in injection molding, fibers, powders, extrusion, and films. 

The name VESTAMID® Terra includes 610, 1010 and 1012 grades with different property profiles, which fill the gaps in the previously accessible property spectrum of the polyamides. 
VESTAMID® Terra HS (PA 610)
  • 62% based on bio-renewables
  • Carbon footprint: 4.6 kg CO2eq.
  • Very high mechanical strength
  • Good UV and chemical resistance
  • Excellent heat distortion resistance
  • Low water absorption compared to standard short-chain polyamides
  • Fills a position between mass polyamides such as PA 6 or PA 66 and long-chain niche products
VESTAMID® Terra DS (PA 1010)
  • 100% based on bio-renewables
  • Carbon footprint: 4.0 kg CO2eq.
  • High mechanical strength
  • Good UV and chemical resistance
  • Low water absorption so that the mechanical properties are scarcely affected by changes in atmospheric humidity
  • For use at high temperatures
  • High translucency; good transparency with thin walls
  • Fills a position similar to that of the long-chain high-performance polyamides PA 12 and PA 1212
VESTAMID® Terra DD (PA 1012)
  • 45 -100% based on bio-renewables
  • Carbon footprint: 5,2 kg CO2eq.
  • High dimensional stability
  • Very low water absorption so that the mechanical properties are scarcely affected by changes in atmospheric humidity
  • High impact resistance especially at low temperatures
  • Heat resistance
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • For use at high temperatures
  • Transparent; in contrast to other semicrystalline polyamides, it can therefore be processed to films with good transparency
  • Fills a position similar to that of the long-chain high-performance polyamides PA 12 and PA 1212