INEOS Styrolution and Ichikoh Japan jointly develop a laser weldable high heat ABS for rear lamp
New rear lamp housings for vehicles can now have an even greater aesthetic appeal and performance thanks to material and processing innovations from Ichikoh Japan and INEOS Styrolution. These innovations are the results of a new laser welding technique developed by Ichikoh and a unique styrenic polymer solution from INEOS Styrolution. Ichikoh manufactures the part using a specific black colored Novodur HH-112 developed from INEOS Styrolution’s high-heat acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) product line. This polymer is ideal for Ichikoh’s newly developed laser welding process as it offers a good appearance at the welding areas of the plastic parts when compared with other polymers. Overall, the new material and laser welding process have a significant impact on the design and production process of the rear lamp housing, lending the hybrid an even sleeker look and helping to reduce total production costs. This new technology was introduced into the Japanese market in November 2015. Novodur HH-112 is now available globally from INEOS Styrolution.
In the end, the leading Japanese car manufacturer was pleased with the vastly improved part appearance at the welding area. The new process and polymer solution also helped the car manufacturer improve the quality of their cars design.
Plant Engineering Division, Ichikoh Japan: “This is the first time black colored high-heat ABS is being used for a laser welding application. We are aware of the tough challenge we had given to Styrolution to achieve our target based on market requirements. We are confident that Styrolution’s Novodur HH-112 will prove to be a game changer for laser welded parts in the future.”
SungBeom Park, Asia Pacific Lead, Automotive, INEOS Styrolution: “It is our corporate DNA to always look for the best solutions for our customers, combining costs saving, technical performances and processing. The new laser welding method developed by Ichikoh Japan is unique and will set a standard for car manufacturing in the future. It is a privilege to be able to work with a leader in automotive innovation like Ichikoh Japan.”
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INEOS Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 85 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering the best possible solution, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, toys/sports/leisure, and packaging. In 2015, sales were at 5 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,100 people and operates 15 production sites in nine countries.
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