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INEOS Styrolution's aesthetic composite StyLight® exploring new ventures
- First live demonstration of StyLight® PP manufacturing
- Customers respond positively to latest StyLight developments
INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announces today a series of events in 2019 where news on StyLight®, the company’s thermoplastic composite optimised for aesthetic applications, will be shared with customers and application developers. The material, based on a modified SAN matrix, excels with a unique combination of structural stiffness, aesthetics, processability and dimensional stability. Since earlier this year, a version based on a polypropylene matrix is available as well1.
Upcoming events that will feature presentations on the latest findings related to the StyLight® family of next generation composites include
- Werkstoffe der Zukunft – Faserverbundwerkstoffe, July 17, Bayreuth/ Germany
- China Composites Expo, September 4, Shanghai/ China
- SPE ACCE 2019, September 5, Detroit/ USA
- Composites Europe, September 10-12, Stuttgart/ Germany
- Congrès International Tendances Décors et Matières 2019, October 1-2, Strasbourg/ France.
This series of presentations follows an INEOS Styrolution seminar that was recently held in Bayreuth resulting in several customers starting to evaluate StyLight for innovative applications. The event was held on the premises of NMB (Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH), one of INEOS Styrolution’s collaboration partners during the development of StyLight®.
Dr. Stephan Sell, development manager at Rehau, comments: “Rehau is dealing with thermoplastic composite part development and we have been focusing on aesthetic surfaces for many years. This seminar gave us a good overview of current and potential future solutions.”
Applications discussed by participants at the Bayreuth event range from automotive solutions (such as interior translucent parts for back lighting concepts) to solutions in the energy sector (such as light spoiler based on ASA² coextruded with StyLight).
At the same event in Bayreuth, guest speakers from ElringKlinger, NMF (Neue Materialien Fürth GmbH) and LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co KG delivered presentations on their latest developments around StyLight. ElringKlinger’s evaluation of the StyLight material was of particular interest to the automotive industry. NMF contributed significantly to the product development based on their O2-FRTP© technology applied to StyLight, in particular with regards to polypropylene, and KURZ reported on in mold decoration foils with StyLight.
The event was also an opportunity for INEOS Styrolution to present more details of their recently announced manufacturing site investment project2 and to make a live demonstration of the manufacturing of their demonstrator parts based on the recently launched polypropylene aesthetic composite.
“The number of projects, where StyLight is under evaluation, significantly grows on a daily basis. I am excited to see that brand owners as well as component providers investigate the material for new applications – or have already certified it for the next generation of applications,” summarises Pierre Juan, VP Future Business and Innovation. “Together with our partners we have developed innovative solutions that meets the needs of our customers for lighter solutions in applications including automotive, sports and electronics.”
1 See INEOS Styrolution press release from March 12, 2019: http://www.ineosstyrolution.com/de_DE/news/ineos-styrolution-introduces-polypropylene-based-composite-stylight-at-jecworld-2019
2 See INEOS Styrolution press release from April 12, 2019: http://www.ineosstyrolution.com/de_DE/news/ineos-styrolution-to-build-a-production-site-for-its-successful-compositestylight
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