Issue: Feb 2013


Renault-Nissan sponsors Luxus and Milliken for VDI conference



by Esther Francis

Technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus and plastics additive manufacturer Milliken have been sponsored by the Renault-Nissan alliance to speak at the next international VDI conference, ‘Plastics in Automotive Engineering’, 13-14th March 2013, Mannheim, Germany.

Sharing the stage at VDI will be Terry Burton, Technical Manager, Luxus, Adam Watson, Business Development Manager, Milliken and Mark Ellis, Manager Engineer Materials Design, Renault-Nissan. They will be discussing product trials of Luxus’ next evolution in polymer development – a new highly sustainable material for auto car interiors known as Hycolene™.

This new lightweight Polypropylene compound will enable OEMs to significantly lower the weight of the average car, reduce CO2, deliver improved fuel economy and help meet EU emissions targets. Developed to replace standard talc filled grades for car interior components, it offers a reduced filler content of just 10% down from a typical 25%.
Hycolene will enable much lower weight vehicle components to be manufactured, without compromising on performance and design flexibility. But most importantly, it’s made from up to a high 60 per cent recycled content so its offers manufacturers a highly sustainable choice too.

Renault-Nissan’s, Mark Ellis explains: “Both Luxus’ technical capabilities and its desire to push the boundaries of Polypropylene applications above and beyond that of virgin material by using a high recyclate is a major achievement and one that Renault-Nissan is keen to support.”

Luxus’, Terry Burton also comments: “We are very pleased to have been asked by the Renault-Nissan alliance to showcase our development work with Milliken at this key event in the automotive calendar.

“For the last ten years our thermoplastic materials have been revolutionising auto interior design worldwide. But it has never before been more important than it is today to develop sustainable materials for car interiors that can deliver a competitive advantage for OEMs in what is a highly sophisticated and rapidly changing market.
“Eco materials can dramatically affect the final product and its impact on the environment, while consumers too are becoming more aware of the eco-friendly handling of materials and are thinking in material cycles. This is why sharing our development of Hycolene at VDI is so important at this time.”

For more information on the 2013 VDI Conference please visit www.vdi-wissensforum.de.

Luxus Ltd
Established in 1965 Luxus has become one of the UK’s leading independent technical plastics companies. Based in Louth Lincolnshire, its modern manufacturing facility now occupies a covered area of 28,328 square meters and it uses state of the art technologies to deliver highly specified thermoplastic compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks - with a granulation capacity currently of 30,000 tonnes per year. Luxus is the joint winner from the North East region for the prestigious ‘HSBC Business Thinking Award’ 2011. For further information please visit www.luxus.co.uk.

About Milliken
Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Working from our laboratories, application and development centers around the world, our scientists and engineers create coatings, specialty chemicals, and advanced additive and colorant technologies that transform the way we experience products from automotive plastics to children's art supplies. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines that also includes floor covering and performance materials, the people of Milliken work every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable. For more information, visit www.millikenchemical.com or www.milliken.com.

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