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Fuel Tank Solution Enabling Off-road Vehicles to Meet Tougher Environmental Standards

A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM) announced that its ICO Polymers division has developed a new product for fuel tanks designed to comply with the latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission standards for off-road vehicles.

Features of the ICORENE® 7620 FUEL LOCK monolayer PA6 (polyamide 6) polymer include high strength, high melt temperature and durability that does not diminish over time. As a rotational-molding product, ICORENE® 7620 FUEL LOCK also eliminates the need for more complex multi-layer processes and after-treatment procedures such as fluorination. Designed for use in EPA-compliant tanks, the product also can be used in many other applications that require low fuel permeation, low temperature impact and ultraviolet light stability.

The monolayer PA6 solution is an enhancement of the Akulon(®) Fuel Lock polymer technology developed by DSM. Akulon(®) Fuel Lock originally was designed for small-engine fuel tanks in lawn and garden equipment, as well as recreational, professional landscaping and marine applications.

“This is just the latest example of our effort to partner with both suppliers and customers to develop innovative solutions that meet vital needs in the marketplace,” said Heinrich Lingnau, business unit manager of ICO Polymers for the Europe, Middle East, Africa region at A. Schulman. “ICORENE® 7620 FUEL LOCK was made possible by combining ICO Polymers’ strengths in rotomolding, particle size reduction and processing with DSM’s leadership in material development. Working with DSM, we were able to introduce a product that helps our customers meet the dual challenges of reducing climate impact and energy usage.”

“Development of this solution required intense cooperation between the research teams at DSM and ICO Polymers,” said Tim Vorage, Application Development Manager at DSM. “We believe customers will appreciate having a cost-effective rotomolding solution in addition to injection and blow-molding solutions using our proven technology for fuel permeation reduction and high durability.”

Industry professionals were able to review the intrinsic value of the innovative ICORENE® 7620 FUEL LOCK material at the A. Schulman and DSM exhibits during the Conference of the Affiliation of Rotational Moulding Organisations (ARMO), October 1-2, in Lyon, France.

About DSM
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM’s 22,000 employees deliver annual net sales of around euro 9 billion. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext. More information can be found at

About A. Schulman, Inc.
A. Schulman, Inc. is a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Since 1928, the Company has been providing innovative solutions to meet its customers’ demanding requirements. The Company’s customers span a wide range of markets such as packaging, mobility, building & construction, electronics & electrical, agriculture, personal care & hygiene, sports & leisure, custom services and others. The Company employs approximately 3,100 people and has 34 manufacturing facilities globally. A. Schulman reported net sales of $2.2 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2011. Additional information about A. Schulman can be found at

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