01/27/2011

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Lanxess at Interplastica - Focus on the growing Russian market

High-tech plastics for the automotive industryOne area Lanxess is focusing on at the trade fair is the potential offered by highly filled grades of Durethan in lightweight construction. The exceptionally stiff polyamide 6 grades are in many cases a lighter alternative to sheet steel, die-cast aluminum components and thermoset plastics, yet nevertheless exhibit high mechanical strength. They are used to manufacture such things as car front ends, spare wheel recesses and intake manifolds for engines. Despite their high glass fiber content of up to 60 percent by weight, their melt is as easy flowing as that of standard polyamides filled with 30 percent glass fibers. The Lanxess stand at the trade fair will also be showing a film demonstrating the production and potential uses of polyamide organic sheets. Organic sheets are much lighter than sheet steel while offering excellent mechanical performance. Using these sheets instead of sheet steel often enables considerable reductions in component weight, particularly in plastic-metal composite technology (hybrid technology), resulting in lighter and safer vehicles that consume less fuel. "With our product portfolio, particularly in high-tech plastics, we are meeting the growing demand for mobility in Russia," says Georges Barbey, Managing Director of the Russian country company OOO Lanxess.Pocan for electrical, electronic and household appliancesThe presentations on the Pocan PBT will concentrate first and foremost on easy-flowing material grades such as Pocan Xtreme Flow that are cost-effective to process. These enable the manufacture of plastic components for the electrical, electronics and household appliance industries, for example, that have even thinner walls and are lighter and less prone to distortion. Components made with these high-tech plastics offer a high level of safety when in use thanks to the plastics' effective flame retardance.The Lanxess Year of High-Tech PlasticsThe participation in Interplastica marks a key milestone for the company in the "Lanxess Year of High-Tech Plastics." This sees it emphasizing the crucial role of a material without which it would be impossible to imagine countless achievements of modern life. As part of the theme year, Lanxess will be initiating a whole host of events in 2011 and taking part in trade fairs and exhibitions that will provide information to all interest groups, ranging from customers and political representatives to journalists and Lanxess employees throughout the world. The company will be highlighting where high-tech plastics are used, the benefits they offer and, in particular, how they can also help ensure sustainable and eco-friendly development.

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