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inside at... Domo Chemicals
Kirn off ice chairs, made
with Domo materials.
Engineering materials company
Domo Chemicals is working
to shape a path for sustainable
value creation and growth,
among others, through the
development of new solutions
with a reduced carbon footprint
based on non-traditional raw
materials. At its location in Arco,
Italy, the company produces its
Econamid range of sustainable
materials. Bouchra Caret
rhers, Manager Corporate
Development & Sustainability,
Elisabetta Testa, responsible for
marcom at Domo and Leonardo
Comperatore the company's
Econamid expert, talked about
Domo and the company's
evolving commitment to
'greener' materials.
Making nylon a
sustainable choice
S
ince last year's acquisition
of Solvay's
polyamide business,
Domo Chemicals, a
manufacturer of nylon 6 and
66 intermediates, resins, engineering
plastics, performance
fibres, and fertilisers may truly
be considered a leading specialist
in downstream solutions:
customised, innovative and sustainability-focused
engineered
materials based on polyamide.
Over the years, the family-owned
company invested
heavily to get to this point, beginning,
said Elisabetta Testa,
with a major investment in the
early nineties in a big caprolactam
site at Leuna, in Germany.
Until then, the family-owned
company had been active in the
textile business.
Following the investment in
the Leuna site, the focus began
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to be more and more on the
downstream materials - the development
of polyamide 6 grades
- although Domo also produced
caprolactam and fertilisers at the
site. And with the acquisition of
Premnitz Engineering Plastics
in 2004, the nylon 6 engineering
plastics activities took on increasing
significance.
" That acquisition marked the
real start of our nylon 6 Engineering
Plastics business, " said
Elisabetta.
In 2013, Domo made a second
major acquisition in the engineering
plastics business that pitched
the company into the global
nylon arena. Since then, Domo
has been providing specialised
engineering plastics solutions to
customers worldwide, in the automotive
and E&E industries, as
well as in the industrial and consumer
goods segments.
" That acquisition basically
signalled the global presence
of the company in tecno-polymers, "
explained Elisabetta.
" That business also included
the plant in Arco where Leonardo
and I work today. "
The last big step - the Solvay
acquisition - occurred in 2020.
" We are now realizing our aim
of becoming a unique integrated
polyamide 6 and 6.6. solution
provider, " she said. Those
solutions range from metal replacement
for automotive lightweighting
purposes, CO2 reduction
through the development
of sustainable materials, and
eco-design to E&E miniaturisation
developments and chemical
and thermal management in automotive
applications.
As a result of the considerable
international expansion over the
past years, Domo now has nine
production sites and six innovation
technical centres - " mainly
focused on PA6 & PA66 compounds.
We have some complementary
products which are
mainly based on PPA and PPS
but it's a smaller part of our business, "
Elisabetta clarified.
The company's products are
targeted at various industries.
The automotive industry accounts
for 50% of the current
volume; a small portion - 10
to 15% - go into the electrical
& electronics sector as plugs
& sockets, control devices and
panels, and home appliances,
while the rest is accounted for
by the industrial and consumer
goods markets. The latter
include products targeted at
sectors such as building & construction,
water and air management,
off ice furniture, power
tools and sport equipment.

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