Modine Europe based in Filderstadt offers products for heating and cooling applications to a wide variety of industries. In the automotive, off highway, truck & specialty Vehicles sectors, hydrolysis-resistant materials from AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH have been long used for water tanks.
The safety of the ingredients in all materials are regularly checked in accordance with the REACH Directive and as such a DPPD additive (an ingredient in many hydrolysis-stabilised materials) has been classed as risky, which means components with a weight proportion of DPPD >0.1% are notifiable.
Before the use of this additive is forbidden as a last resort, AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH promptly developed a DPPD-free material, which has comparable mechanical and hydrolysis-stabilised properties and submitted this to Modine Europe.
Extensive laboratory testing by AKRO-PLASTIC and Modine have confirmed that AKROMID® A3 GF 30 4 6 black (13690) also meets the requirements of the Modine specifications GM 0255. In the last step, tests on various components, including the water tank of the VOLVO L250 wheel loader, also confirmed that AKROMID® A3 GF 30 4 6 black (13690) conforms to requirements and a material change for all components is being undertaken by Modine.