Ineos Styrolution is planning to set up a new production site for its StyLight composite range. The StyLight portfolio currently ranges from a “standard” PP or SAN glass fiber composite suitable for non-visible structural applications to an aesthetic composite based on a modified PP, up to a SAN-based carbon composite for premium aesthetic surfaces.
|Ineos Styrolution plans to start up the composites production plant in 2022.|
The establishment of a new production site reflects growing customer demand. Ever since its introduction at the K in Düsseldorf in 2016, StyLight has caught the attention of designers globally in the automotive, electronics and sports industry according to Ineos Styrolution. The SAN based composite reportedly combines structural stiffness, aesthetics, processability, dimensional stability and a surface quality close to Class A.
Early development partnerships with the research institutes NMF (Neue Materialien Fürth GmbH) and NMB (Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH) were key to optimizing the product properties and processing according to Ineos Styrolution. Further partnerships with the companies Roctool and, more recently, with ARRK Shapers has led to the full validation of StyLight according to the automotive interior specification of leading car manufacturers.
While Ineos Styrolution prioritizes a location in Germany, a specific location for the new production site is yet to be defined. The new site is planned to be operational in 2022.
“Since the introduction of StyLight, we have dedicated significant resources on optimizing material quality and product processing parameters. Having followed the development of StyLight from the very beginning, I am excited to see customers’ response and I am looking forward to this next step,” explains Pierre Juan, VP Future Business and Innovation.
“The decision to build a production site for StyLight is part of a larger investment program at Ineos Styrolution,” adds Kevin McQuade, CEO at Ineos Styrolution. “Recent activities such as the acquisition of polystyrene assets in China, construction of a new 100,000 tonnes/yr ASA plant in Bayport, Texas, and the development of a new 50,000 tonnes/yr ABS production line in Wingles, France, demonstrates our continued commitment as the leading global styrenics supplier. This investment is nevertheless outstanding as it gives birth to a brand new type of material, invented by Ineos Styrolution and offering our customers high performance and light weight solutions”.