Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Thermoplastic Elastomer Highly Miscible with Nylon6 For Excellent Low Temperature Fatigue

Request Number
Due Date
Dec 31, 2018
Program Manager


Material supply, Joint research, contract research, licensing



Phase 1 – Lab-scale verification: By June 2020

Phase 2 – Development in pilot scale: By December 2020



Necessary development expense will be covered
(Details to be discussed).

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Nov 2018

RFP Title


Thermoplastic Elastomer Highly Miscible with Nylon6 For Excellent Low Temperature Fatigue
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a global chemical manufacturer, is seeking Thermoplastic elastomer highly miscible with Nylon6 for excellent low temperature durability. The anticipated application of the elastomer is mixed into Nylon6 and realize film yielding excellent durability at low temperature.

Key Success Criteria

Requirements for thermoplastic elastomer

  • Highly miscible in Nylon6
    • Domain size: less than 1μm, in case mixed into Nylon6
    • Thermoplastic elastomer portion in Nylon6 : 25~50wt%
  • Tensile Modulus@25%: 10MPa or less
  • Melting point: 180 or more
  • Can be used in low temperature:
    • DMA (Dynamic Mechanical Analysis) Low Temperature Tg: -48or less

 An expected production volume of this elastomer would be around 1,000 ton/year, if commercialized.


Approaches Not of Interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Use of general non-rubber based elastomer, e.g. TPA (Thermoplastic Polyamide elastomer),  PEL (Polyester Elastomer), TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) etc


Anticipated Respondents

  • Organizations that have developed similar material to the requested one, or are able to develop it within a few year efforts
  • Organization that can produce 10kg over base sample for screening test.



The major chemical manufacturer, a client of NineSigma, is developing the film that has excellent long-time durability especially at low temperature. Right now, the client is trying to improve durability, at low temperature, in the Nylon film made with elastomer having low modulus. To speed up the time to market of their film products, the client has issued this open request to identify promising elastomers. We welcome proposals not only of the materials already commercialized, but also of those that are currently under laboratory level.


The application will be used -40~120 temperature range for several years.

Client already tried TPA (Thermoplastic Polyamide elastomer), PEL (Polyester Elastomer), TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) and Impact Modifier but not satisfactory. So, they think that rubber-based elastomer would be good.


Items to be submitted

Proposal may include the following items. The response form will be shown by clicking the “Respond” button.

  • Overview and principle of the technology
  • Uniqueness of the technology
  • Development stage (concept level/ proved by laboratory experiment/ commercialized)
  • Current performance of the elastomer
    • Miscibility with Nylon6, e.g. domain size
    • Tensile Modulus (MPa)
    • Melting point ()
    • Low-temperature range of use ()
      (DMA Analysis Result, Tg, Tand delta etc)
  • Sample testing conditions (quantity of samples that can be provided, cost, time frame, contract terms and conditions, etc.)
  • Issues in relation to meeting the client’s requirements and a development plan
  • Past achievements (additional information illustrating R&D capabilities, e.g., research papers or patents)
  • Organization overview

 Please submit your proposal by clicking on "Respond" and completing the submission form


Notes on Response

Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.


Response evaluation

The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.

  • Overall scientific and technical merit
  • Approach to proof of concept or performance
  • Economic potential of concept
  • Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
  • Potential for proprietary position
  • Respondents’ capability and related experiences


Anticipated Project Process

After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.

The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.

    Preferred Collaboration Types
    Area of Interest