INEOS Styrolution's aesthetic composite StyLight® exploring new ventures
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
¹ See INEOS Styrolution press release from March 12, 2019: http://www.ineos-styrolution.com/de_DE/news/ineos-styrolution-introduces-polypropylene-based-composite-stylight-at-jec-world-2019
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.”
² See INEOS Styrolution press release from April 12, 2019: http://www.ineos-styrolution.com/de_DE/news/ineos-styrolution-to-build-a-production-site-for-its-successful-composite-stylight
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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, Packaging and Toys/ Sports/ Leisure. In 2018, sales were at 5.4 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,500 people and operates 20 production sites in ten countries.
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