LANXESS will be exhibiting at K 2022 in Duesseldorf, the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber, under the motto “Quality Works”. LANXESS’ focus topics for this year’s trade fair are electromobility and sustainability. “We want to play an active role in the transformation of the economy and global value chains towards a more sustainable world,” says Dr Hubert Fink, member of the LANXESS Board of Management. “With our materials, we support our customers in manufacturing more sustainable products that have a lower carbon footprint and conserve resources and the climate.”
The High-Performance Materials business unit focuses on sustainable materials and lightweight solutions. The main areas are materials and component concepts for consistent lightweight construction in the future market of electromobility – for example, lightweight structural components based on the continuous fiber-reinforced composites of the Tepex brand in the field of batteries for passenger cars.
Furthermore, the business unit will present new Tepex composites based on recyclates or bio-based raw materials. One example here is Tepex Dynalite Scopeblue 813, which has just been launched on the market and is produced from flax fibers and polylactic acid. Also on show will be a Tepex Dynalite with a polyamide 6 matrix that is produced starting from “green” cyclohexane and therefore consists of well over 80 percent sustainable raw materials.
Another focus is on tailored solutions for the increased requirements in electric vehicles, for example in the powertrain or charging infrastructure. Here, plastic components are often exposed to higher temperatures and at the same time very strong electrical currents and voltages. Plastic connectors, for example, must remain electrically insulating under these conditions and must not allow creepage current to occur. LANXESS has developed a new halogen-free flame-retardant and hydrolysis-stabilized PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) compound for these high-voltage connectors.
LANXESS’ Polymer Additives and Inorganic Pigments business units offer the plastics industry high-performance, sustainable colorants for direct coloration. The business units will present their product ranges for the energy-efficient production of colored plastic goods, which eliminates the need for subsequent coating and thus avoid reworking. This includes both universal products and specialities for particular requirements.
In electromobility, for example, the color orange is a mandatory safety feature for high-voltage plastic components. This is where Macrolex Orange HT comes into play. Its comprehensive properties meet the high safety and performance requirements for electric cars. These include excellent heat stability, improved sublimation resistance as well as high migration stability, color strength and light fastness.