A. Schulman Introduces Fuel Tank Solution Enabling Off-road Vehicles to Meet
Tougher Environmental Standards
AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 17, 2012
AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
oRotational molding solution was developed by ICO Polymers, an A. Schulman
division, and features Akulon^® Fuel Lock material developed by DSM
oAdvantages include high strength and high melt temperature combined with
improved processing efficiency
A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM) announced today that its ICO Polymers
division has developed a new product for fuel tanks designed to comply with
the latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources
Board emission standards for off-road vehicles.
Features of the ICORENE® 7620 FUEL LOCK monolayer PA6 (polyamide 6) polymer
include high strength, high melt temperature and durability that does not
diminish over time. As a rotational-molding product, ICORENE® 7620 FUEL LOCK
also eliminates the need for more complex multi-layer processes and
after-treatment procedures such as fluorination. Designed for use in
EPA-compliant tanks, the product also can be used in many other applications
that require low fuel permeation, low temperature impact and ultraviolet light
The monolayer PA6 solution is an enhancement of the Akulon^® Fuel Lock polymer
technology developed by DSM. Akulon^® Fuel Lock originally was designed for
small-engine fuel tanks in lawn and garden equipment, as well as recreational,
professional landscaping and marine applications.
"This is just the latest example of our effort to partner with both suppliers
and customers to develop innovative solutions that meet vital needs in the
marketplace," said Heinrich Lingnau, business unit manager ofICO Polymersfor
the Europe, Middle East, Africa region at A. Schulman. "ICORENE® 7620 FUEL
LOCK was made possible by combining ICO Polymers' strengths in rotomolding,
particle size reduction and processing with DSM's leadership in material
development. Working with DSM, we were able to introduce a product that helps
our customers meet the dual challenges of reducing climate impact and energy
"Development of this solution required intense cooperation between the
research teams at DSM and ICO Polymers," said Tim Vorage, Application
Development Manager at DSM. "We believe customers will appreciate having a
cost-effective rotomolding solution in addition to injection and blow-molding
solutions using our proven technology for fuel permeation reduction and high
Industry professionals were able to review the intrinsic value of the
innovative ICORENE® 7620 FUEL LOCK material at the A. Schulman and DSM
exhibits during the Conference of the Affiliation of Rotational Moulding
Organisations (ARMO), October 1-2, in Lyon, France.
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and
materials. By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials
sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and
social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers
innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global
markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed,
pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and
electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials.
DSM's 22,000 employees deliver annual net sales of around euro 9 billion. The
company is listed on NYSE Euronext. More information can be found at
About A. Schulman, Inc.
A. Schulman, Inc. is a leading international supplier of high-performance
plastic compounds and resins headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Since 1928, the
Company has been providing innovative solutions to meet its customers'
demanding requirements. The Company's customers span a wide range of markets
such as packaging, mobility, building & construction, electronics &
electrical, agriculture, personal care & hygiene, sports & leisure, custom
services and others. The Company employs approximately 3,100 people and has 34
manufacturing facilities globally. A. Schulman reported net sales of $2.2
billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2011. Additional information
about A. Schulman can be found at www.aschulman.com.
SOURCE A. Schulman, Inc.
Contact: Jennifer K. Beeman, Director of Corporate Communications & Investor
Relations, A. Schulman, Inc., +1-330-668-7346,
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