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Rilsan® PA11 Bio-plastic for Gas Pipe Receives Award from French Ministry of Industry


The “Rilsan® PA11 for Gas Pipe” project has been selected amongst 41 projects and has been awarded an “Innovation for the Environment” medal by the French Ministry of Industry. The medal was presented to Arkema on June 29th by Dr Yves Chauvin, 2005 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Rilsan® Polyamide 11, a unique high performance bio-plastic, has been developed by Arkema into natural gas transportation and distribution piping applications. Rilsan® PA11 Gas Pipes are replacing high density polyethylene (fossil based) and metal pipes when pressure, corrosion or cost of installation constraints are not met by these materials. Rilsan® PA11 allows to use a gas pressure which is 50% higher than for high density PE, and to reduce methane emissions by a factor of 30 thanks to its superior barrier properties. Additionally, Rilsan® PA11 Gas Pipes offer all the low-cost benefits of plastic pipe versus steel pipe, thanks to lower installation costs and higher corrosion resistance (excellent slow crack and rapid crack propagation resistance; no cathodic protection needed).

Rilsan® Polyamide 11 is produced from renewable, non-fossil castor seeds, through a unique process developed by Arkema. Widely used in the most demanding markets, Rilsan® PA11 provides an outstanding level of safety, durability and versatility for highly technical applications.

Arkema’s Technical Polymers serve the global transportation, electrical and electronics, sports, oil and gas, and other industrial and consumer markets.

With global brands like Rilsan®, Pebax® and Platamid®, unique products like Rilsan® polyamide 11 and leading capacities in Rilsan® polyamide 11 and 12, Arkema’s Technical Polymers business unit differentiates itself in the industry by providing its customers with global coverage and superior regional service from production facilities and research sites in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

A global chemical player, Arkema consists of 3 coherent and balanced business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 18,400 employees, Arkema achieves sales of 5.7 billion euros. With its 6 research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.


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