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Polyamide Engineering Plastics with Exceptional Versatility

BASF’s Ultramid® engineering plastics portfolio includes dozens of grades of polyamide molding compounds on the basis of PA6, PA66, PA610 and various co-polyamides including PA66/6. The range also includes the specialized Ultramid® Advanced portfolio of high-performance, semi-aromatic polyphthalamides such as PA6T/6, PA6T/66, PA6T/6I and PA9T.


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Why Ultramid®?

Why Ultramid®?

Ultramid® polyamides are known for their high mechanical strength, stiffness and thermal stability. In addition, Ultramid® offers good firmness at low temperatures, favorable sliding friction behavior and easy processability. Ultramid® molding compounds are available unreinforced, reinforced with glass fibers or minerals, and reinforced with long-glass fibers for special applications.

Characteristics and Properties

Ultramid® polyamide (PA) can be used for many applications because of its versatile and customizable characteristics. Applications include automotive and mobility, electrical and electronics (E&E), construction, furniture, sanitary ware and more. In addition, Ultramid® can be processed by a variety of methods including extrusion and injection molding. Characteristics and properties found across Ultramid® product lines include:

  • High strength and rigidity
  • Outstanding resistance to chemicals
  • Very good impact strength
  • Dimensional stability
  • Simple processing
  • Low tendency to creep

Markets and Applications



Ultramid® grades for appliances can offer flame retardant and electronic qualities. Their high toughness, good mechanical performance and chemical resistance are ideal in this market. In addition, polyamides can be transparent or translucent and can have glossy or scratch-resistant properties. Typical applications include:

  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Washing machines
  • Coffee machines
  • Appliance housing
  • HVAC systems
Automotive & Mobility

Automotive & Mobility

For decades, BASF has been a globally-recognized leader in the development of challenging components and materials for the automotive industry. Ultramid® engineering plastics provide excellent dimensional stability and wear resistance, even when exposed to high temperatures, UV, and harsh weather conditions. Typical applications include:

  • Cable sheathing
  • Electrical and electronic parts
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Automotive door handles and mirror parts
  • Powertrain
  • Under the hood
Building & Construction

Building & Construction

Ultramid® polyamides are fantastic engineering plastics ideal for improving strength while being lighter than steel. The Ultramid® portfolio includes grades that fulfill technical specifications and health and safety requirements for sanitary and water applications. Common applications include:

  • Windows
  • Roller shutters & dowels
  • Sanitary and water applications
  • Plumbing components
  • Housings
Electrical and Electronics Parts

Electrical and Electronics Parts

When it comes to thermoplastics in electrical and electronics markets, there is increasing demand for smaller components that are flame retardant and deliver improved performance. Ultramid® grades possess excellent electrical properties, mechanical characteristics, and heat resistance. Typical applications include:

  • Plug connectors for household appliances, automotive and eMobility parts, and industrial applications
  • Photovoltaic installations
  • Wire jacketing
  • High-insulation switch parts and housings
  • Series and connecting terminals
  • Power distribution systems
  • Cable ducts and fastenings
  • Contactors and power switches
  • Coils, circuit breakers and programmable logic controllers


High mechanical resilience combined with good toughness makes Ultramid® an excellent choice for many applications in the furniture industry, where traditional materials such as metal or wood can be replaced by plastics with tailor-made properties. Typical applications include:

  • Furniture joints and clips
  • Drawer runners and slides
  • Track assemblies
  • Connectors
  • Seating
  • Chair castors and braces
  • Furniture brackets
  • Frames for office chairs
  • Dowels
Power Tools

Power Tools

Power Tools must be durable, efficient, and have excellent performance. Material selection plays a significant role in determining if a power tool can stand the test of time. Ultramid® polyamides provide high stiffness, excellent impact strength, flame retardance and very good media resistance. Ultramid® plastics make excellent replacements for select metal parts, making tools lighter and easier to use. Typical applications include:

  • Functional parts
  • Housing
  • Battery packs
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