Hycolene proves it is up to scratch for auto interior surface pioneer RocTool

20th May 2016

Technical compounder Luxus and RocTool the ‘Heat&Cool’ technology specialists, have announced a new joint collaboration ahead of the Plastics Design and Moulding (PDM) exhibition, Telford, 14th-15th June 2016. (Luxus stand, DO10).

The Luxus Hycolene™ grade 16818 has been selected as RocTool’s preferred high performance PP resin for use with its rapid inductive heating technology. This decision followed extensive lab trials of Hycolene™ versus a standard prime material. These took place at RocTool’s French headquarters last year and subsequently at Luxus’ in-house Technical Centre in March 2016.

RocTool is a pioneer in the very latest in high gloss effects and 3D textures producing a finish that is both premium and unique to satisfy the latest ‘A’ Class surface trends. It therefore required a PP resin that could offer high scratch performance.

Terry Burton, technical manager at Luxus explains: “We found in the lab trials that when RocTool’s induction technology is turned to the higher temperatures it requires; the scratch is far more exaggerated on the resulting moulded part with the standard talc filled material compared to our Hycolene™ product.”

Calypso Beloli, material engineer at RocTool comments: “We’re really enthusiastic to obtain this kind of quality surface with PP. Scratch resistance on a moulded part has been a challenge, but with the selection of the right compound together with our induction system technology means that we can develop new markets.”

Terry Burton, continues: “We’re really pleased to be a RocTool materials partner. The great appeal of Hycolene™ is that is allows manufacturers to satisfy environmental goals thanks to its recycled content (up to 60%) without sacrificing performance – delivering a lighter, stronger and critically a high scratch-resistant finish.”

Hycolene™ is going to feature in RocTool’s future marketing to Tier 1 moulders and manufacturers for the first time through specially tailored 3D holographic High Definition Plastics™ samples later this year.

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Luxus Ltd

UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for over 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.

Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.

For further information please visit: www.luxus.co.uk

PP conventional and with RocTool technologies

An injected part with Luxus PP resin using RocTool technology.

 About RocTool

Created in 2000, RocTool is a Technology & Manufacturing solutions provider offering Engineering services and systems. RocTool induction process is fully adapted to plastic injection and composite molding, including multiple configurations to fit with tier manufacturers requirements. RocTool’s Research and Development team is constantly adapting the technologies to more materials including metal. As a ‘Heat and Cool’ technology leader, RocTool offers now High Definition Plastics™ capabilities to plastic moulders and Light Induction Tooling™ to composite part suppliers.

The processes developed by RocTool are used in production by major brands in innovative industries such as automotive, aerospace, consumer products and electronics. They hold many advantages including reduced cycle times, surface quality, light – weighting and performance, therefore resulting in an overall cost reduction of the produced parts for manufacturers.

RocTool is listed on the Alternext Paris stock market. Its headquarters and R&D center is situated at Le Bourget du Lac (France). RocTool also has offices and moulding platforms in North America, Japan, Taiwan and Germany.

For further information please visit: www.roctool.com

 

 

Hycolene Delivers Positive Results In Next Stage Validation Trial

16th March 2016

A recent materials validation trial for the development of Luxus’ advanced lightweight, scratch-resistant thermoplastics (PP) range Hycolene™ has shown positive results – demonstrating the composite’s potential to be manufactured at full commercial scale in the future.

Two rounds of production tests took place recently, beginning last month at Luxus’ Lincolnshire based in-house Technical Centre and manufacturing plant, followed by further in-depth analysis at injection moulder, IAC’s laboratory. The tests were undertaken on the column shroud and glove box panel – critical ‘A’ grade auto interior components.

The aim was to enable Luxus to optimise both the process parameters and the screw design of its bespoke Coperion 15 extruder to explore the potential for the Hycolene range. Luxus technicians worked in collaboration with Coperion’s team varying the critical moulding parameters that help to define the operative ‘envelope’ for the Hycolene grade 16818.

Dr Christel Croft, technical director at Luxus explains: “These production tests have helped to increase our understanding of the impact of process parameters on Hycolene’s key product characteristics; enabling us to assess its performance against existing materials on a true ‘like for like’ basis. Our intention was to really push the boundaries to help understand better its true performance at limits.”

The trials concentrated on the following criteria: scratch resistance; weight savings; appearance and cycle time. The Hycolene 16818 achieved a substantial weight saving of up to 4.2% against the market’s current lightweight benchmark material. It also delivered improved colour, diminished weld lines and once again, a rapid cycle time for reduced energy usage.

Dr Christel Croft, continues: “We’re very excited about this positive next stage validation for Hycolene following the initial trial in September 2015. The benchmark material we used is excellent itself, which means our results for Hycolene are very encouraging. It confirms our ability to produce the range at full commercial scale with the expected benefits still of weight saving, excellent scratch performance and the high quality appearance demanded by OEM’s for ‘A’ grade applications.”

Hycolene is a faster cycling range of scratch resistant, lightweight (PP) compounds that help deliver improved Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), featuring up to 60% recycled content. The range has been developed to target Europe’s automotive interior trim market, by helping to satisfy both ‘end-of-life’ vehicle (ELV) and emissions targets.

Luxus announced in 2015, that it had as part of a consortium secured a €1.4m investment, co-funded by the EU Eco-Innovation initiative, part of the EU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP). Its members are injection moulding company IAC for materials trials, twin screw manufacturer Coperion for technical support and Jaguar Land Rover offering end user guidance.

For further information please visit www.recyclite.eu
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Left ro right: The Industry Standard V Hycolene™
Left to right: The Industry Standard V Hycolene™

Luxus Ltd
UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for over 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.


Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.

Luxus To Present Keynote Speech At Nordic Recycling Conference

5th October 2015

Luxus technical director, Dr Christel Croft has been invited to deliver a keynote speech at the opening of the Competence Centre for Recycling (CCR) Conference at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenberg, Sweden, on the 17th-18th November 2015.

The presentation ‘lightweight recycled polypropylene for tomorrow’s automotive interiors’ from technical compounder and recycler Luxus, has been selected by the CCR’s organising committee as they believe it offers an excellent example of ‘the circular use of materials’ to share with its members.

This annual recycling conference has been developed to facilitate the co-ordination of R&D collaboration activities within the field of the ‘circular economy’. It will be attended by CCR members who include representatives from Sweden’s major auto manufacturers and academia.

Dr Christel Croft will share with the audience the aims of the Luxus commercialisation project known as Recyclite that is supporting the development of Hycolene™ – the next generation in advanced polymers with up to 60% recycled content for the rigorous class ‘A’ auto interior trim market. (www.recyclite.eu)

Commenting on the event, Dr Christel Croft, technical director at Luxus said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share our progress to date on this important research project with a completely new audience – the eco-conscious Nordic automotive sector.”

Luxus announced earlier this year, that it has as part of a consortium recently secured a €1.4m investment, co-funded by the EU Eco-Innovation initiative, part of the EU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP ). Its members are injection moulding company IAC for materials trials, twin screw manufacturer Coperion for technical support and Jaguar Land Rover offering end user guidance.

If you are interested in finding our more about the CCR conference please visit: http://www.chalmers.se/sv/centrum/ccr/Sidor/default.aspx

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Technical Director, Dr Christel Croft
Technical Director, Dr Christel Croft, Luxus

 

Notes to editors

For further information please contact: Sasha Stewart, Straight Talk PR, tel: 07764 346 896 or email: sasha@straighttalkpr.co.uk

Luxus Ltd        

UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.

Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.

 

PLASTICS PIONEER LUXUS DELIVERS RECYCLITE PROJECT PRESENTATION AT AUTO INTERIORS EXPO

First time exhibitor, technical plastics compounder Luxus delivered a presentation, ‘lightweight recycled polypropylene for tomorrow’s automotive interiors’ last week at the Auto Interiors Expo based in Stuttgart. (www.automotive-interiors-expo.com).

Dr-Christel-Croft-Project-Manager-Luxus
Dr Christel Croft – Project Manager Luxus

The show has become a ‘must-visit’ for Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers as well as for interior design teams from automotive manufacturers wanting to keep up with the rapidly changing world of materials, finishes and technologies in the cabin.

As part of the expo’s ‘Interiors Innovation and Design Forum’, Luxus Project Manager, Dr Christel Croft shared with the audience the aims of its new commercialisation project known as Recyclite.

Dr Christel Croft, comments: “The expo has provided a great platform to showcase the Hycolene™ commercialisation project and the sustainable benefits this technology offers with Europe’s key designers, buyers and suppliers in the very home of automotive manufacturing in southern Germany – Stuttgart.”

Luxus has as part of a consortium recently secured a €1.4m investment co-funded by the EU Eco-Innovation initiative. Its members are injection moulding company IAC for materials trials, twin screw manufacturer Coperion for technical support and Jaguar Land Rover offering end user guidance.

The project will enable Luxus to make a step change in the development of its Hycolene™ range of lightweight (PP) compounds, while also encouraging its wider adoption by Europe’s automotive manufacturers.

Luxus Shows Next Generation Sustainable Thermoplastic (PP) Lightweight Materials At Auto Interiors Expo 2015

 

UK based technical compounder and recycler Luxus, will be showing on stand (A5126) the progress it’s made on the road towards delivering next generation lightweight and sustainable materials to drive tomorrow’s auto interior innovation – the result is Hycolene™ a new sustainable lightweight thermoplastic (PP) range.

Luxus has as part of a consortium recently secured €1.4m investment co-funded by the Eco-innovation initiative of the EU for its Recyclite project (www.recyclite.com). The aim is to commercialise the development of its Hycolene range of lightweight (PP) compounds with up to 60 per cent recycled content to target’s Europe’s class ‘A’ automotive interior trim market.

Luxus will be collaborating on the commercialisation project with twin screw manufacturer Coperion to help with complex processing, tier 1 moulding supplier IAC for materials trials and Jaguar Land Rover. The automotive manufacturer will be providing end user guidance on the project to ensure the technical requirements are met, allowing exploitation of this technology across future automotive industry applications.

Robert Crow, Group Leader , Materials Innovation at Jaguar Land Rover described the Recyclite project as, “A ‘double win’ because the use of recycled material and lower weight of the compounds are both beneficial in Jaguar Land Rover’s programme for reducing the environmental impact of its vehicles.”

Project Manager, Dr Christel Croft at Luxus will be presenting a seminar on the Recyclite project as part of the Interiors Innovation and Design Forum, ‘High performance lightweight recycled polypropylene materials for tomorrow’s auto interiors’ at 11.45am, on Thursday 18th June 2015 at the Auto Interiors Expo 2015.

The key technical benefits of the Hycolene range are as follows:

  • Significant weight reduction – up to 12% per part
  • Increased recycled content – up to 60% per part
  • Excellent stiffness/impact balance and improved scratch resistance
  • Similar dimensions – a drop-in solution and colour matching

Peter Atterby, Managing Director, Luxus explains: “We are pleased that the commercial potential of our Hycolene range has been recognised by the EU. This investment has enable us to effectively make a fundamental step change in our technology as we aim to replace our filled compounds with next generation reinforcing additives.

“These additives offer excellent tensile properties that don’t detract from the appearance of the moulded compound, yet their adoption reduces weight by up to 12 per cent per part and significantly improves scratch resistance to meet industry standards.

“The new grades will also offer a lower density than is currently provided, while still delivering up to 60 per cent recycled PP. The result of all this is that tier 1 moulding suppliers will be able to produce more parts per tonne of the mineral as they will benefit from a much faster cycle time. This will offset the slightly higher price these new advanced grades will require.”

Luxus is preparing a patent application for the new advanced polymer technology process. Its capacity however, to produce these compounds will be limited by access to local sources of recyclate PP. So in the future it intends to license its IP of formulations and knowledge to other selected compounders in the EU who have access source assured PP recyclate locally.

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Image description: The Jaguar XE door trim assembly, an example of where filled Polypropylenes are currently used at Jaguar Land Rover

Luxus sichert EU-Investitionen, um seine hochmoderne nachhaltige Polymertechnologie in Europa voranzutreiben

Der im Vereinigten Königreich ansässige technische Compoundeur Luxus konnte als Teil eines Konsortiums mit Jaguar Land Rover 1,4 Mio. EUR an Investitionen sichern, kofinanziert von der Initiative für Öko-Innovation der Europäischen Union. Ziel ist die Kommerzialisierung seiner Hycolene™-Reihe von leichten Polypropylen(PP)-Compounds aus mehr als 60 % recycelten Inhaltsstoffen für den europäischen Markt für Kfz-Innenausstattung – besuchen Sie http://www.recyclite.eu.
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Diese Investition wird das Verkaufspotenzial für Luxus’ leichte PP-Reihe beträchtlich verbessern und es der Automobilindustrie ermöglichen, ihren Einsatz von Polymeren mit recycelten Inhaltsstoffen auszubauen und so Ziele im Hinblick auf ELV (Richtlinie 2000/53/EG über Altfahrzeuge) und Schadstoffausstoß gleichermaßen zu erreichen.

Luxus arbeitet bei diesem Projekt mit dem Doppelschnecken-Hersteller Coperion zusammen, der mit komplexen Verarbeitungsprozessen helfen wird, sowie mit Formteilanbieter IAC zur Durchführung von Materialversuchen und mit Jaguar Land Rover. Der Autohersteller wird Nutzerführung bereitstellen, um sicherzugehen, dass sämtliche technische Anforderungen erfüllt werden und ein Einsatz dieser Technologie in künftigen Anwendungen möglich sein wird.

Seit Januar 2015 ist die europäische Automobilindustrie dazu verpflichtet, 85 % des Fahrzeuggewichts wiederzuverwerten oder zu recyceln. Gleichzeitig wachsen die Leistungsanforderungen an die Fahrzeuginnenausstattung kontinuierlich. Verbesserte Kratzfestigkeit für hochwertige Oberflächen, größere Steife und ein geringeres Gewicht pro Teil sind Kriterien, die zunehmend gefragt sind.

Dr. Christel Croft, Projektmanagerin bei Luxus, erklärte: “Wir freuen uns sehr, dass die EU das kommerzielle Potenzial unserer Hycolene-Reihe erkannt hat. Diese Investition wird uns einen effektiven Tempowechsel für unsere Technologie ermöglichen; wir haben vor, unsere gefüllten Compounds durch Verstärkeradditive der nächsten Generation zu ersetzen.
Diese Additive bieten hervorragende Zugeigenschaften, die nicht zu Lasten des Erscheinungsbildes der Formteile gehen. Gleichzeitig reduziert ihre Einführung das Gewicht um bis zu 12 % pro Teil und verbessert die Kratzfestigkeit erheblich, wodurch die Einhaltung von Branchenstandards gewährleistet wird.

Eine mögliche Hürde für Luxus bestand bislang darin, seine Hycolene-Sorten mit der vorhandenen Infrastruktur aufzustocken. Infolge der neuen Investition konnte das Unternehmen einen neuen gleichlaufenden Doppelschnecken-Extruder erwerben, um die für dieses Projekt erforderlichen Materialeigenschaften zu optimieren und zur selben Zeit sicherzustellen, dass die erwartete Tonnage erreicht wird.

Wenn die volle Kapazität erreicht ist, rechnet Luxus mit einem Zuwachs von zwei Prozent am EU-Markt für Innenausstattung bis 2016.

SOURCE Luxus Limited