Nexam Chemical announced today that it has received a notice of allowance from the Japanese Patent
Office stating that it intends to grant Nexams Japanese patent application regarding cross-linkable nylon resins containing Nexams unique crosslinker MEPA.
This marks an important milestone as it will be Nexam’s first granted patent in Japan. “The market for
nylons is relatively large in Japan, which makes us judge this patent as valuable for the company going forward“, says Daniel Röme, Nexam’s Director of Business Development and Innovation.
Nexam currently has 8 approved patents and 36 ongoing patent applications within 12 patent families.
MEPA is a unique molecule that improves nylons, polyesters and other polymers. Nexam developed MEPA with the aim of getting a crosslinker specifically suitable for engineering plastics with melting points in
the range between 200 and 270 degrees, which comprises the majority. Global production of plastics where MEPA can be used comprises more than 3 million tons / year (corresponding to total sales of more than USD 12 billion).
The uses for these engineering plastics are many. E.g. nylons are used in a variety of applications, such as components for the transportation, automotive, electrical and electronics industry. Based on Nexams technology for crosslinking thermoplastics properties such as service life, heat resistance, mechanical strength and chemical resistance are improved significantly. In addition it also increases the possibility of replacing metals, and more expensive plastics, with plastics modified by Nexams crosslinkers.
The granting of the application in Japan will further strengthen Nexams protection for the crosslinking technology developed by the company.
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