INEOS Styrolution offers material solutions for PLAYMOBIL
In search of a material solution for transparent PLAYMOBIL figures, geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG, the manufacturer of PLAYMOBIL toys and hence Germany's biggest toy producer, partnered with INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics.
PLAYMOBIL decided to use INEOS Styrolution’s Zylar due to its high toughness and high clarity for three special figures: an ice dragon, a transparent pink robot and a bright pirate.
Among the required transparency, the high wall-thickness of the figures is particularly challenging and rather unusual as well as inappropriate for injection-molded parts. Due to this wall-thickness, sink marks, vacuoles, bad reproducibility, low size accuracy and a long cooling time have to be considered. To counteract these effects, the materials’ shrinkage has to be low and flowability has to be high. In response to these needs a grade of Zylar was identified as the material of choice for the transparent parts of the PLAYMOBIL figures. A determining factor when producing toys for children is product safety. Accordingly, Zylar 550, with a high impact resistance, has been chosen to avoid hard breakage of the figures in order to eliminate the risk of injuries.
“Zylar has become more and more a material of choice for toys. Without plastics many toys and all kinds of sporting gear wouldn’t exist or the non-plastic experience alternatives would be way beyond the reach of countless families and their children,” says Peter Rath, Director Sales Construction, Distribution, Compounding & Others, INEOS Styrolution. “Therefore we are honored to work with such an iconic toy producer helping them to find the perfect solution for their special applications.”
ABOUT INEOS STYROLUTION
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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