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High-tech products for green mobility

News International-French

30 Jan 2012

Customized polyamides and polyesters for sustainable mobility concepts and colorants for plastics are exhibited by Lanxess.

Lighter still – hybrid technology with nylon composite sheet

One of the main focuses of the exhibition are lightweight nylon composite sheets that can be used alone or together with metal sheet in plastic/metal composite designs (hybrid technology). Lanxess estimates that such composites can reduce component weight by another 10 percent compared to aluminum sheet hybrid designs. Nylon composite sheet hybrid technology is thus ideal for automotive lightweighting. In many cases in terms of cost-benefit aspects it provides an alternative to thermosetting plastics, which are reinforced with continuous carbon fibers. Components that Lanxess considers possible to produce directly using polyamide 6 in nylon composite sheet hybrid technology include lightweight front ends, car seats, seat cross-members, airbag housings and brake pedals.

Colors and effects for every trend
Another focus of the presentations will be the almost unlimited design freedom offered by the organic pigments from the Bayplast range, the Bayferrox inorganic color pigments and the soluble Macrolex organic colorants for coloring a wide variety of plastics. The range of uses extends from brake and rear fog lights and housings for household and electrical appliances to food contact applications such as drinks bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The high lightfastness, tinting strength and weather stability of these colorants prove their worth in all these applications.

About Lanxess
Lanxess is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.1 billion in 2010 and currently around 16,100 employees in 30 countries. The company is at present represented at 47 production sites worldwide. The core business of Lanxess is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. Lanxess is a member of the leading sustainable indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good.


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