Application area: General industry

General facts


Shortening: PA

Color: White, opaque

Coloring options: Extensive

Common uses: Structural applications, bearings, gears, screws, propellers, tool shafts, door handles, machine covers, rifle butts, blocks, hoists and cable insulation.


The benefits of Polyamide 6 plastic

  • PA6 is a tough plastic material.
  • It has excellent abrasion resistance as well as chemical resistance.
  • PA6 has a high endurance for fatigue.
  • Good lubricity.
  • Polyamide 6 has an impact strength as well as a high strength.
  • The rigidity of the material is a huge bonus.
  • Can be used at relatively high temperatures continuously (especially heat stabilized quality).
  • Polyamide 6 can be monomer cast. The method is suitable for large voltage-free details in short series.
  • Unfilled PAs are food approved.


Limitations of Polyamide 6 plastic

  • All polyamides absorb or emit moisture (different for different types).
  • The moisture acts as a plasticizer and lowers the tensile strength, creep resistance, and rigidity while increasing the impact strength and component dimensions.
  • The electrical properties are strongly influenced by the moisture content.
  • The length extension varies with temperature and moisture content.
  • The polyamides are attacked by strong mineral acids and acetic acid; they are dissolved by phenols. Some types are attacked by formic acid.

Polyamide 6 plastic – Specific properties

Polyamide 6 plastic, often referred to as PA 6 is one of the major engineering thermoplastics. The plastic is based on semi-crystalline thermoplastic, filled with exfoliated layered silicate platelets, and is most commonly used in:

  • Structural applications.
  • Bearings.
  • Gears.
  • Screws.
  • Propellers.
  • Tool shafts.
  • Door handles.
  • Machine covers.
  • Rifle butts.
  • Blocks.
  • Hoists.
  • Cable insulation.