October 19, 2020
TROGAMID® eCO manufactured by Evonik, Germany, is a high-purity microcrystalline high-performance polyamide specially optimized for the optics industry. The name eCO stands for "eliminate CO2". On the one hand, this is achieved by replacing a petrochemical-based raw material with one based on biomass. By mass balance, this results in 40 percent bio-based raw material in the polymer. Secondly, only renewable energy is used in the production of the granules. This results in a 50 percent reduction in the footprint of the climate gas carbon dioxide compared to the qualitatively equivalent premium product produced on a petrochemical basis using conventional energy sources. The sustainability analysis according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 is confirmed by a certification from TÜV Rheinland and includes the Cradle to Gate stage.