The Ticona Magazine 10.2004
On the threshold of serial production
FUTURE: Megatrends in the 21st century
MOBILITY: Modularity is the future
LIVING: How we will live in future
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In times like these when the Internet with you, and hear your views – both dur-
provides us with information 24 hours a ing the trade fair and afterwards.
day, trade fairs are old hat. You don’t think Maintaining active dialog with you is very
so? You are right! Trade fairs like the K are important for us – and while we are on the
still major communications instruments for subject: this is our new magazine for cus-
companies in Europe. According to the tomers which we hope will inspire person-
public opinion research agency EMNID, al dialog with you. It deals with topics that
the trade fair portion of total corporate will concern future business activities of
Lyndon Cole, member of the business-to-business communications Ticona and our customers. Not just from a
Celanese AG Board, President of budgets will stay steady at around 38% in plastics point of view, but also from a
Ticona and Head of the Growth 2004/2005. A large number of big corpora- range of different perspectives. And cer-
Excellence Council tions are even planning to increase their tainly with an eye to the future.
trade fair budgets.
Take a look at how we may live tomorrow
We, too, consider trade fairs to be very – and discover what is already possible
important. Why? Because nothing can take today. Cast a glance into the future with
the place of personal meetings. That’s why us, and let us know how you think things
we are looking forward to seeing as many will develop. We look forward to sharing
familiar and new faces as possible at this our ideas, and to hearing yours!
year’s K Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany.
We talked to our customers and took a close
look at market trends, and then used this
Contact: information to develop ideas and visions for
❙ firstname.lastname@example.org the future. We want to discuss these topics Lyndon Cole
K 2004: Living:
03 Survey: What does the K 12 House technologies: How we will live in future
mean to you? 14 Telemedicine: Diagnosis by cell phone
04 Megatrends: What they mean for 18 Asia: Selling thermoplastics in Chinese
Mobility: 16 Medical technology: Topas® COC
06 Lightweight construction: 16 Medical technology: Special grades of
Information Service: The thermoplastic diet Ticona polymers
Telephone: 08 Modules: Trend in automotive 17 Automotive construction: Küster
+49 (0)69 305 16299
construction changes over to Celstran® LFRT
+49 (0)180 2021202 20 Civil engineering: GUR® PE-UHMW in the
E-mail: Mobility & Living: Maeslant storm surge barrier
email@example.com 10 Fuel cells: On the threshold of serial 21 Polyester: Products from hard to soft
www.ticona.com production 22 Lighting: Vectra® LCP lights the way
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Every three years the entire plastics and rubber industry eagerly awaits autumn
when they all get together at the K. The International Trade Fair for Plastic
and Rubber in Düsseldorf, which takes place in 2004 with the slogan “Vision –
Innovation – Business”, is an industry highlight of superlatives. This year, the
220,000 visitors expected will be able to view almost 3000 exhibitors from five
continents and 52 countries in 17 halls. This makes the K the world’s most
prominent forum for contact, not only for the industry itself but also for the
most important application sectors. | in | form asked:
What does the K mean to you?
“We regard particularly this K, the K 2004, as an
investment; an investment in relationships and
growth. We want to talk to the market – to present
our ideas and put them to the test. On the other
hand, we want to listen, learn and,
together with customers and interested “The K is the industry’s most important
parties, find ways to the future.” international showcase. It is therefore the ideal
platform for innovation and communication,
Thomas L. Hensel and it is unique in presenting the triad
Managing Director Ticona, Vice President Global of production, processing and mechanical
Demand Management engineering, which is particularly
photo: PlasticsEurope Deutschland
valuable for visitors from the
plastics processing industries.”
“The K is an innovation trade fair because it sets Kurt Stepping
the interval for innovations and establishes a Managing Director, Communications,
deadline for new developments. No reputable PlasticsEurope Germany
company dares appear at the K without presenting
new products! The K therefore
photo: Kunststoffe, Carl Hanser Verlag
accelerates the speed of innovation
in the industry.” “As an international supplier to the automotive
industry, we use the K 2004 to discover
Gerhard Gotzmann global trends in technical developments and to
Editor-in-chief of the trade journal communicate them to our customers.
“Kunststoffe” It is also an excellent platform
photo: ITW Deltar
for recognizing and agreeing
“The K 2004 guarantees quick links to the common aims.”
right business partners. Everyone is here –
from global players to small specialists. And Hans Plümer
everything is available here: in every single President ITW Deltar Int.
segment of the industry, the K presents many Components Group
more products and innovations
photo: Messe Düsseldorf
than any other specialty trade
fair in the world.”
Divisional Manager, Messe Düsseldorf
GmbH, responsible for the K since 1995
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photo: Ticona / Frank Röth
What will the future bring?
Personalization, an aging and more health-conscious society –
these are the megatrends of the 21st century. What effect will they have?
And what will it mean for businesses? Ticona is working together
with the Zukunftsinstitut (Future Institute) in Kelkheim on translating
megatrends into visions for the industry.
For more information about trends, “Megatrends are universal trends, self-development will therefore be among
consumer trend research and future lasting at least 25 to 50 years, which affect the most important values of the future.
coaching visit all sectors of society and have a global Automobile manufacturers are reacting to
❙ www.zukunftsinstitut.de impact,” explains Achim Feige of the this trend by developing more and more
Zukunftsinstitut. Their effect can be felt on models in ever shorter periods. However,
every aspect of our lives. From them we to make this pay off they are having to
can identify consumer trends, which adjust. Car makers are turning to modular
describe the future needs of people. “We construction to save time and money.
pinpoint trends early on so that companies Today, many major automotive compo-
can get ready for them in time,” Feige said, nents are already assembled from large
outlining the job of a future researcher. modules.
Take personalization, for example. In mod- Or let us look at a second example: the
ern society, individuals have a growing trend towards an aging society. The fact
number of choices. Finding yourself and that life expectancy is growing and that
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people want to stay fit even in old age is carbon dioxide emissions has an impact
imparting new importance to healthcare. on all areas of society. For vehicle manu-
The wellness trend will continue to be facturers, the trend means moving to
a decisive factor. The drive for quality of lightweight materials in order to cut down
life and comfort does not stop at medical on fuel consumption. To do this, they are
applications. Telemedicine, for example, increasingly turning to polymers. Hybrids
will considerably ease the plight of the are being tested, as are environmentally
chronically ill. With telemedicine, their friendly energy sources such as hydrogen,
condition can be monitored from a dis- natural gas and bio-diesel.
tance, allowing them to take control of Ticona, with its innovative materials, is
their lives without the need for constant also assisting fuel cells to achieve a
visits to the doctor. commercial breakthrough. Fuel cells not
only pave the way to zero-emission cars,
An essential prerequisite for good health but also open up the way to an environ-
can be found in another megatrend – mentally friendly and decentralized fuel
the trend towards increased environmental supply (see pages 10 and 11 for more
awareness. The challenge of reducing information).
“We won’t live on the moon”
| in | form talks to future fitness coach Achim Feige – about the future, of course.
? How do you know that?
“My goal is to make
companies fit for ! A future researcher constantly scans
the future,” the world. We use published studies, About Achim Feige
Achim Feige, of course, ask experts, and talk to people
future fitness coach who are sensitive to change, so-called Achim Feige is a future
future scouts. Then we boil down all the fitness coach focusing on
information into patterns of change, strategic corporate develop-
which we call trends. We give the trends ment, business model
a name and pass them on to individuals development and brand
and companies. My goal as a future leadership. The business
fitness coach is to make companies fit management graduate
? Mr. Feige, how will you live in thirty for the future. advises companies such as
years time? ? And what does a company have to Weissman& CIE in
! In thirty years, I will be 65 years old. do to be fit for the future? Nuremberg, Trendburo in
I will have more freedom, be wiser and ! It needs a constant fitness program. Hamburg and others.
surround myself more with people of my Systematic and constant monitoring of As a member of the executive
own choosing. And I will still feel young. trends. And the ability to fit the trends committee of Consors
? Where will you live? How will you into the company’s strategy. The basic Discount Broker AG his
get about? question for doing that is: Where are the responsibilities included
! I will live in a house in the countryside shortages? Someone who develops a corporate development,
that is connected to the whole world by drug for HIV today probably won’t have internationalization and
broadband. When I want to go some- to worry about his sales. However, marketing. As a partner of
where, I will still get in a car or an airplane. someone who brings out the fiftieth Weissman& CIE and the
? That doesn’t sound very much like model of a DVD player on the market, Future Institute, he offers
the future. probably does. Whoever wants to be lectures, coaching, and
! That’s right, we won’t be living on fit for the future has to get the shortages consulting on fitness for the
the moon. But our homes will be a little of tomorrow into the company today. future, innovative business
bit smarter and more flexible. And we Because where there are shortages, there models and breakthrough
will use much less energy for all our needs is value-added. strategies.
than we do today.
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The thermoplastic diet
Lay off the fat. That is always the first tip for people who seriously
want to lose weight. Just lay off the metal would be a good tip for
automobile manufacturers who face the challenge of shedding
unwanted pounds on every new model. Especially seeing that integrating
ever more functions in cars shows up in the weight – cars are getting
heavier and heavier.
Cutting just 100 kilograms from a car’s
automobile manufacturing. This not only
weight can save up to a half a liter of fuel saves weight but also cuts production costs
per 100 kilometers and reduce harmful because processes are simpler. On top of
emissions too. This is not only interesting this, the use of engineering thermoplastics
for car drivers but for the European auto- also improves the quality of the final prod-
mobile industry as well. Car manufacturers uct. Engineering polymers from Ticona can
have voluntarily committed themselves to be found everywhere in new automobiles.
Figure-conscious giant: limiting carbon dioxide emissions per car Parts made out of thermoplastics have
over 1,000 components made from to an average 140 grams per kilometer by become so advanced that these sophisticat-
Ticona thermoplastics are on board 2008 – an ambitious goal. ed, multifunctional parts can no longer be
the new A380. Airbus is opting for made out of metal. And even traditional
lightweight construction for So losing weight is worth it, and Ticona is metal domains like weight-bearing struc-
the biggest passenger plane in the helping as a kind of diet consultant. Of tures are now being taken over by thermo-
world. course metal still cannot be replaced in many plastics. Celstran® LFRT, a long fiber rein-
components, like the engine block or the forced thermoplastic, is increasingly being
gear block. But metal is being increasingly used in crash and safety-related parts such
replaced by engineering thermoplastics in as front ends and dashboard mounts.
Tailored slimming down
With innovative production methods and high-tech materials, Ticona enables designers to
develop a variety of system solutions to make vehicles lighter. For example, in the new Jaguar
XJ, the support panels of the door modules are manufactured from the long fiber reinforced
thermoplastic Celstran® LFRT in the color of the interior. This also has other benefits: the system
developer thereby also achieves the required high dimensional stability and mechanical
strength of the moldings while cutting down the weight considerably compared with metallic
modules. The support panel made from Celstran® LFRT also acts as a water barrier and gives
the aluminum door additional torsional rigidity. Moreover, important functional elements,
such as housings for door openers and loudspeaker grilles, are directly integrated. In spite of
its high glass fiber content, Celstran® LFRT provides an excellent surface. In the Jaguar door
module, it forms a decorative element since the outer frame is visible. Other manufacturers, With an aluminum body and engineering
too, use light but high strength materials in automotive construction – and not just in the plastic components, the pounds just drop off!
doors. For example, the front frame and drip molding in the roofs of BMW models are made The new Jaguar XJ is around 200 kilograms
of long fiber reinforced Celstran® LFRT, while corners and sliding rails in the interior consist lighter than the previous model.
of Hostaform® POM. In the VW Golf 5 and the Opel Astra, thermoplastics from Ticona are The door module carrier plates are made from
present in the frame (glass fiber reinforced Celanex® PBT and Celstran® LFRT), in the draft the Ticona material Celstran® LFRT.
deflector and the drip molding (Celstran® LFRT) as well as in the sliding rails (Hostaform®
POM) and gearbox (Impet® PET). Aluminum bodywork and engineering plastics – the kilos
simply drop off. Compared with its predecessor, the Jaguar XJ is about 200 kilograms lighter.
The support panels of the door modules consist of Celstran® LFRT from Ticona. ❙ www.ticona.com markets automotive
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photo: Ticona / Günter Hogen
Ideal weight made easy – thanks to
high performance thermoplastics.
Metal is being replaced more and more
The BMW M3 CSL, with its carbon fiber and is scheduled to make its first test by lightweight thermoplastics.
roof, demonstrates the next step in develop- flight in 2005. The largest passenger plane Not just in cars.
ment – replacing metal in flat, weight-bearing in the world will carry more than five
parts with thermoplastic composites. tons of fiber reinforced thermoplastics
These are still more expensive today than in the horizontal tail unit, rudder unit,
their metal counterparts, but they are central wing box and other places. Airbus,
much lighter. When production technology the European aircraft manufacturer, is
develops further, costs will fall and nothing systematically using lightweight structures
will stand in the way of multiplying the in its aircraft. Conventional materials
amount of composites used in cars. such as metal and light metal alloys are
being replaced wherever possible with
In aircraft construction, where every gram engineering thermoplastics – thereby
counts even more, development has saving up to 50 percent in weight. And
already reached that point. A Boeing 747 always right there playing a central role in
consumes 200 liters more fuel per year for helping to keep things slim and trim is
every kilogram of extra weight. Every Fortron® PPS from Ticona. Composites
gram too much costs money – the airline’s based on Fortron® PPS have a wide range
money. The heavier an airplane is, the of uses in the wings and interior section
fewer passengers and cargo it can carry and of the A 380.
the more fuel it uses. Therefore the com-
mercial success of airplane manufacturers One last comment on the subject of losing
depends on their ability to build lightweight weight. An apple only seems to be a light
airplanes. Weight was a crucial factor in the snack. On a flight from New Zealand to More information:
new Airbus A 380, which will carry over Germany, an apple will burn up two and a ❙ www.ticona.com Markets
500 passengers on three different levels half times its volume in fuel. Innovation Composites
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photo: General Motors
Modular construction. General Motors
(GM) employees attach the body to the
basic module in the Hy-wire study.
Modularity is the future
Cabriolet, pick-up or spider? The Citroen Pluriel is all of these in one.
photo: PSA Peugeot/Citroën
With its innovative roof system, it heralds a new era in automotive
construction, in which increasing use will be made of individual modules
prefabricated by suppliers. Engineering thermoplastics are playing an
important role in this trend.
The key innovative element in the ing block” principle, individual system
Citroen Pluriel is its roof. The roof module components are supplied to the clear speci-
is produced by a single supplier as a com- fications of the automotive manufacturer
plete unit ready for immediate installation and then only have to be assembled on the
on the vehicle assembly line. This cuts pro- production line. The front end, cockpit,
duction costs for Citroen, while offering doors and roof are already being produced
car drivers enhanced motoring enjoyment as individual modules. The primary benefi-
and individuality. ciaries of this trend are the automotive
Quick-change artist: the rotary Thanks to its novel rotary frame, the manufacturers. Modular construction is
frame on the Citroen C3 Pluriel Pluriel’s roof module can be retracted into simpler and costs less. The previous
allows the roof simply to disappear the trunk in next to no time. So at light- approach involved making large car body
into the trunk. ning speed, this sedan can be converted parts from sheet metal and then installing
into a pick-up, cabriolet or spider to suit the individual functional components
the weather or whim of the driver. through small holes and slots in the metal
The automotive industry is increasingly sheet in a laborious manual operation.
relying on modules. Following the “build- Now high quality thermoplastics are great-
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ly facilitating the production process. At and Celanex® PBT are required for reliable
the same time, the need for interface man- roof movement.
agement by automotive manufacturers is Thermoplastics processing technologies
also considerably reduced. Development are also driving advances in modular con-
work is also increasingly being carried out struction. Together with system supplier,
by suppliers. They are therefore relying ArvinMeritor, and component manu-
more and more on alliances and joint facturer, Philips, Ticona has developed a
ventures to gain system expertise, capture prototype door module made from Ticona’s
all the added value and thus remain Hostaform® POM. In this development,
competitive. The challenge presented by outsert molding technology ensures rapid
such developments is illustrated by the production and secure connection of The ultimate in modularity: the door
sunroof module. Automotive manufacturers metal and plastic. In only one shot, 17 on the new Golf 5 is supplied to the car
want to introduce more light and air into functional elements are injection molded plant almost fully assembled.
car interiors to create a friendlier environ- onto a baseplate. The structural component The door lock and window lifter system
ment. Sunroofs are therefore becoming produced in this way serves as both a on the modular door are produced
more variable but also larger and heavier. water barrier and a carrier for the window from Ticona materials.
The way in which this challenge can be lifter, lock and door speaker. The material
overcome is demonstrated by the roof used is Hostaform® C 13021. This grade
construction of the Pluriel. Long fiber has the required flowability, high strength
reinforced Celstran® PA 66-GF40 and level, excellent spring properties and neces-
PP-GF40 impart the necessary rigidity sary heat deflection temperature.
to the frame. Despite the increased Frank Reil, Head of Automotive Market
torsional resistance of the car body, the Development at Ticona, is convinced that
frames of large roofs also have to be very modular construction will become the
stable so that they function smoothly established norm in the automotive industry: For further information:
under all climatic conditions. Therefore, “In a few years, cars will consist of just a few ❙ www.ticona.com Market Focus
in addition to Celstran® LFRT, materials individual modules that have been developed Future Mobility Modularity
such as slip-modified Hostaform® POM and assembled by major suppliers.” ❙ www.citroen.de
Frank Reil, Head of Automotive Market Development at Ticona,
on the trend towards personalization in automotive engineering.
? Modular components seem to These new models are usually based
be the future in the automotive industry. on existing platforms and show their com-
What advantages do they offer end monality through design features typical
users? of the brand. Fully variable, multi-
! Individuality! Every niche is filled functional car bodies, such as that of the
and every customer can choose a car that Citroen Pluriel, will remain the preserve
meets his/her needs. To keep the cost of of so-called “fun cars” for the foreseeable Frank Reil
providing this versatility under control, future. Head of Automotive Market
manufacturers have to use modules. ? How far can modular construction go? Development
Certain basic platforms are developed in ! General Motors (GM) has shown us a
which the chassis can be mass produced. vision of the future in its Hy-Wire concept:
Individuality can then be achieved GM has built a fuel cell-powered vehicle,
by tailoring these platforms to customer in which all the running gear is mounted in
requirements through the use of the chassis underneath. Various attachment
compatible modules. points allow completely individual car
? How do you recognize this trend? bodies to be bolted to this platform and
! We see that on average seven new car just as easily removed. That is modular Contact:
models come onto the market each year. perfection. ❙ firstname.lastname@example.org
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mobility & living
Fuel cells: on the threshold of serial production
Their only waste product is pure water. Fuel cells are the answer to the
problem of an environment-friendly energy supply. Just pie in the sky?
Since when! Fuel cells are already being used on some remote farms
as well as in mobile devices – even the zero-emission car has come within
Ecofriendly solution –
integration of a fuel cell of the cells increased. “The use of engi-
into a car. neering thermoplastics will be a key factor
Source: PSA Peugeot/Citroën in achieving these goals,” stressed Frank
Reil, Head of Automotive Market
Development at Ticona.
Fuel cells produce energy by electrochemi-
cal reactions in which hydrogen and oxy-
gen recombine to produce electrical energy
and heat. As fuel cells are not thermal
energy converters like internal combustion
engines, their efficiency is much higher.
Neither do they produce any emissions,
since hydrogen and oxygen burn clean,
leaving just water as a by-product.
This electrochemical process does, however,
make very high demands on the materials
used. They must be corrosion resistant and
stable to chemical media. For this reason,
only high performance materials can be
employed for fuel cell components.
For further information: 800 million vehicles currently drive on Traditionally, stainless steel has been used
❙ www.ticona.com Market Focus the world’s roads and experts predict that but, because of its high cost and weight, it
Future Mobility Fuel Cell this number will double by 2030. So it is will be replaced by plastics in the future.
❙ www.initiative-brennstoffzelle.de not just dwindling oil reserves that are One example of this can be seen in the
placing alternative energy sources high on electrically conductive bipolar plates that
the agenda. All major automotive manufac- perform gas diffusion, current conduction
turers are working intensively on research and heat removal in the cell.
and development in this area. The first step
is the hybrid drive. This combination of an Ticona materials such as Vectra® LCP and
electric motor and gasoline engine saves Fortron® PPS have been tested and specified
fuel and can cut carbon dioxide emissions for this application and are already being
by up to 20 percent. In 2003, 80,000 of used in the first systems. “Until recently,
these vehicles were sold worldwide. But bipolar plates were produced from V4A
this is only a first step on the road to the stainless steel, graphite or thermoset/
electrically powered, emission-free vehicle graphite blends. These materials required
that will be made possible by the use of cost-intensive finishing operations. The use
fuel cells. There are already numerous pro- of an engineering thermoplastics such as
totypes of fuel cell-powered cars and vari- Vectra® LCP, which contains a filler to
ous automotive manufacturers even plan to impart the necessary conductivity, makes
start industrial scale production by 2010. production more cost-effective,” explained
However, before this ecofriendly technolo- Reil. This is because the plates can be pro-
gy is within affordable reach of the popu- duced by injection molding, an ideal process
lation at large, several challenges still have for mass production. Ticona can also supply
to be overcome: weight and production a thermoplastic with beneficial properties
costs must be reduced and the service life for the end plates. Fortron® PPS has been
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mobility & living
photo: Honda | montage: Profilwerkstatt
The Honda FCX is powered by fuel cell
technology. This vehicle is the only one
of its type to be commercially certified
used successfully for these. Many other cell heating. This is because the reaction of for public roads. Some 25 Honda FCX
application opportunities for engineering hydrogen with oxygen produces heat as are already in normal use. In other
thermoplastics exist in the peripheral com- well as electricity. sectors, too, fuel cells have now become
ponents of fuel cell systems. So it is only a Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation part of everyday life.
question of time before the problems of on Economic Trends and adviser to the
weight, cost and service life are solved. European Commission, is certain that in
Frank Reil is confident: “Fuel cell technolo- the future millions of consumers will
gy will come”. generate their own electricity at home
And not just in automotive engineering. with fuel cells. Our garages will no longer
This ecofriendly technology has already contain cars but mobile power stations
been used successfully in home automation that supply our households with electricity
and portable devices such as notebooks, and heat round the clock. If we temporarily
camcorders and cell phones. Laptops can generate more electricity than we need,
be powered for many hours with fuel cells, we can feed this into a global electricity
independently of the electrical network, network resembling the internet in size
without empty batteries causing inconven- and connectivity. This is how the best-
ient system crashes. This cutting-edge selling author describes his vision of a
technology can also help provide medical modern energy supply system.
care in emergency situations or regions Horst-Tore H. Land, CEO of PEMEAS A prototype of a fuel cell made from
with poor infrastructure. Portable power Fuel Cell Technologies, also believes that Ticona materials is on display at K 2004.
packs or emergency power generating units the fuel cell is one of the life-changing The end plates are produced from
can be operated by fuel cell technology to innovations in industrial history. “It can Fortron® PPS (Ensinger) and the bipolar
supply electronic measuring devices with make us independent of fossil fuels and has plates from Vectra® LCP (SGL Carbon).
power independently of the electrical the potential to replace most conventional The stack was assembled and tested by
network. This ensures medical devices can turbines, power stations and engines. ZSW in Ulm.
operate continuously even if the electrical A hydrogen-based economy with fuel cells
network fails. Conventional heating boilers, will lead to fundamental changes in the
too, could be replaced in the future by fuel energy and mobility sector.”
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Product designer Olaf Barski works with
Ticona on concepts for the house of the
future. The picture shows the “Ticona-Mat”
How we will live in future
If we so wish, our computer will order dinner for us, while our
lawnmower cuts the grass all by itself. Instead of shopping and gardening,
a relaxing sauna in our own wellness bathroom will be on the evening
agenda. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
For further information: Wellness, health and safety studies con- But current research in the field of future
❙ www.ticona.com Markets firm that these are people’s main needs at living is addressing this very problem. All
IT & Multimedia Network Systems the start of the 21st century. To meet these over Europe, electronics companies,
❙ www.barskidesign.com needs we are increasingly focusing inwards telecommunications providers and house-
within our own four walls. In our high hold appliance manufacturers are testing
speed information society, our home offers technologies and products for future living
a peaceful counterpoint to the hectic out- in networked, automated households.
side world. What counts above all else is One of the most advanced of these projects
the “feelgood factor”. is the “inHaus” house of the future in
Duisburg. Since 1999, the Fraunhofer insti-
Dusting, shopping, doing the washing – tute has been testing “Smart Home” intelli-
such tedious domestic chores do not exact- gent house technologies: the heating reacts
ly meet our increasing need for relaxation. to the outside temperature, the ventilation
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system in the bathroom measures the air This “three-story” washing machine,
humidity and opens or closes the windows which outwardly resembles a sophisticated
accordingly. Even the garden is responsive: HiFi speaker, is manufactured entirely
photos: Barski Design
the latest weather data are analyzed so that from plastics. In the machine’s three
the sprinkler can be automatically turned drums, three different wash programs can
on at exactly the right moment. Through run simultaneously, allowing ten kilograms
an internet home portal, the “inHaus” can of laundry to be washed quite effortlessly
be remotely controlled by cell phone or in one and a half hours.
internet terminal. In many development
projects concerned with daily living in the 23 percent of Germans would like a well
future, Ticona engineering thermoplastics being bathroom but only one percent has This bathroom capsule is a shower,
are playing an important role. In collabora- been able to fulfill this dream. Barski’s bathtub, whirlpool and steam bath in
tion with Siemens, Ticona has developed answer is a multifunctional bathroom one. That is how product designer,
the “dressman”, which is produced from capsule that combines a shower, bathtub, Olaf Barski, sees the future.
Celstran® LFRT, among other materials. whirlpool and massage facility, and even
This completely takes over the unpopular offers a steam bath on the oriental model.
job of shirt ironing. According to Barski: “These integrated
The Frankfurt product designer, Olaf Barski, future solutions are only possible with
has prepared concepts for the future house lightweight, durable, versatile high per-
on behalf of Ticona. The “Ticona-Mat” formance thermoplastics, such as those
combines functionality with stylish design. produced by Ticona.”
When our dishwasher talks to our cell phone
Future concepts for automated house- the details: “Engineering thermoplastics For further information:
holds would be inconceivable without are part of many devices. They may often ❙ www.ticona.com Market Focus
modern communication technology. This is be invisible but are the starting material for Future Living
because household appliances, lighting, products of the future,” according to ❙ www.inhaus.de
safety devices and air conditioning systems Dr. Thilo Vaahs, Head of Market Develop- ❙ www.inhaus-duisburg.de
must be networked so that they can be ment/ Industries. One of the most inno-
controlled centrally from a home terminal vative materials is the very easyflowing yet
or remotely from a cell phone or laptop. rigid Vectra® LCP. “In cell phones, this
It is in communication technology that material makes it possible to produce flat,
Dr. Viktor Grinewitschus, technical director internal, multi-band antennas with high
of the Duisburg Innovation Center for integration density,” explained Vaahs.
Intelligent Household Technologies, sees Ticona’s long-standing experience in the
one of the greatest challenges: “The intelli- area of cell phones will also pay off in the
gent house will not have a single communi- house of the future.
cations standard. Different technologies
will have to interact intelligently.” The same applies to LCD screens, which
Cell phones will play a key role here. also have an important role to play – and
Mobile devices such as PDA or cell phones not just in the house of the future. From
will be connected to the home network the television in our living room to the
through wireless standards such as monitor in our office, flat screens are very Baking cakes in the garden: in the future
W-LAN and Bluetooth. By these means, much the trend. Once again, these would it will be possible to operate household
they will be able to communicate with the not be possible without high performance appliances in comfort using a PDA.
washing machine, air-conditioning system thermoplastics. They are produced using
and stove. Screens will be used to display Ticona’s Topas® COC. This lightweight,
multimedia content: “The house of highly transparent thermoplastics is used in
the future will have up to ten screens,” many applications, including so-called
prophesied Dr. Grinewitschus. light guide panels (LGP) for flat screens.
No matter whether for Bluetooth technology, Produced by injection molding, these LGPs
cell phones or screens, innovation lies in ensure uniform screen illumination.
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photo: dpa/Bernd Wüsteneck
Telemedicine makes it possible. This CT
scan of a patient with acute cerebral
hemorrhage, sent to a colleague by cell
phone, led to a rapid decision to operate
– and so saved the patient’s life.
Diagnosis by cell phone
Originally, NASA used this technology to monitor the vital functions
of its astronauts and telemedicine still sounds a little like science
fiction. But telemedicine has landed back on planet earth and is well
on the way to revolutionizing everyday medical practice.
Nausea and circulatory weakness measure blood pressure, blood sugar level,
high above the ocean! Is the passenger the oxygen saturation of the blood and
experiencing the first symptoms of a heart produce an electriocardiogram (ECG).
attack? On future Lufthansa flights from These data are then sent by the flight
Frankfurt to Los Angeles, physicians from personnel to the emergency physicians at
the Berlin University Charité Hospital Charité via the “Flynet” broadband inter-
will step in and help in cases like these. net portal.
A telemedical emergency kit makes remote Telemedicine improves medical care on
examination possible, even over the board the plane and so meets the continu-
❙ www.ticona.com/index/markets/auto.htm Atlantic. The devices contained in the kit ally increasing need for safety. The use of
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telemedicine is not, however, just confined future the blood sugar level of diabetics
to medical emergencies on long-haul could be checked and the insulin dose con-
flights. Patients with chronic illnesses and trolled, with the physician being regularly
even healthy people will increasingly bene- informed of the values. A spirometer to
fit from telemedical applications; chroni- measure respiratory functions, which
cally sick patients and patients in remote transmits its results electronically, has been
areas can be continually monitored, while successfully used for the long-term study
health-conscious older people can under- of asthma patients by the telemedical cen-
take many routine checks themselves, such ter at Donaustauf hospital in Bavaria. And
as blood pressure measurements. “Now with the “Tele blood pressure” system,
patients can even record their own ECG,” blood pressure can be measured remotely
explained Dr. Thilo Vaahs, Head of Market and the results transmitted to a diagnostics
Development/Industries at Ticona. This is center, which contacts the patient if any-
made possible by the heart cell phone thing unusual shows up. A quick ECG check en route?
from Vitaphone. Looking just like a normal No problem with the heart cell phone.
cell phone from the front, this heart phone Devices that combine diagnostic units
has electrodes on the back that allow with communication modules for everyday
patients to record and transmit their ECG. use might at first sound rather less
That saves frequent visits to the physician spectacular than the emergency medical kit
yet still ensures regular monitoring of for the Lufthansa flight. But it is precisely
heart functions. In an emergency, the these devices that have the revolutionary
physician can react very quickly. But in the potential to make telemedicine a market of
best outcome, heart attacks are completely the future within medical technology. This
prevented because the symptoms are is because remote telemedical applications
recognized in good time. will ensure savings for the healthcare
system – telemedicine is the answer to the
Prevention through regular monitoring, pressure on costs in the health sector.
increased mobility, rapid aid in an emer-
gency – telemedicine gives patients more Incidentally – even people who watch
security, independence and quality of life. television are benefiting from the new
The development of new standards to generation of telemedical devices.
transmit large amounts of data by radio (in After sports physicians started using them
addition to UMTS, mobile radio, wireless to monitor the vital data of their athletes
LAN and Bluetooth also play a role here), during training and competitive events, Telemedicine links are given on the
will make such services possible for an viewers of the Tour de France were International Center for Telemedicine
increasing number of syndromes and even able to follow the heartbeat of the website:
applications in future. For example, in the cycling pros on screen. ❙ www.ict-regensburg.de
Technology for telemedicine
Innovative devices for telemedicine require modern materials for both medical and
communication technology – Ticona is able to supply them. A good example can be
seen in metalizable thermoplastics for antenna modules, which are used in telemedical
devices that transfer data via Bluetooth, wireless LAN or mobile radio.
Another highly advanced material is the new liquid crystalline polymer Vectra® E820i LDS.
This material is optimized for laser direct structuring (LDS), in which a laser beam
writes the conductor patterns on a blank, so activating an additive that releases
small quantities of copper. The modified surface acts as a catalyst for electroless
Compared with conventional multi-cavity injection molding with selective electroplating,
❙ www.ticona.com Markets LDS technology permits rapid alteration of conductor architecture for component opti-
Medical mization and makes it possible to achieve finer conductor tracks.
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Topas® COC instead of glass
As clear as glass – but light and fracture-resistant. Schott has developed the sterile
prefilled TopPac syringe from Ticona’s cycloolefin copolymer Topas® COC.
It is resistant to reactions with active pharmaceutical substances and also saves
time and costs.
The result of the joint development by
photo: Hermann Dornhege/Celanese AG
Ticona and Schott was the sterile, prefilled
TopPac syringe made of Topas® COC.
The particular benefits of using the Ticona
thermoplastic compared with glass are its
fracture strength during use and in produc-
tion, a lower weight and the Luer Lock
connection produced integrally with the
syringe. In contrast to glass syringes,
TopPac can also be delivered in a sterile
state to the pharmaceutical industry, thus
saving manufacturers of active drug sub-
stances several production steps. In 1998,
Schott and Ticona began joint work on
Better than glass? The material is the development of prefilled syringes from
convincing: a Schott employee checking Material purity with constantly good the new material Topas® COC. As early as
the quality of TopPac syringes. quality, high chemical resistance, glass-like 2002, TopPac was being produced on an
transparency, very good moisture barrier industrial scale. Topas® COC is used in
properties and high heat distortion medical technology also for blister packs,
For further information: resistance – these were the properties of bottles and various diagnostic applications,
❙ www.schott.de Topas® COC that convinced Schott such as microtiter plates, cuvettes and
❙ www.ticona.com Markets Medical Pharmaceutical Packaging. microfluidics.
Ticona materials for medical technology
Ticona MT® Products Thermoplastics used by the pharma- materials be accepted by regulatory
• Compliance with FDA requirements ceutical industry have to be produced under authorities such as the US Food and Drug
• Compliance with European guidelines nearly the same strict conditions as active Administration (FDA).
on monomers, additives and catalysts drug substances. Ticona has therefore In addition to Topas® COC, the Ticona
• Certified biocompatibility developed six special polymer grades that thermoplastics for medical technology
(e.g. USP Class V1 / ISO 10993, etc.) meet the high requirements of medical include the “MT®” grades of Hostaform®
• FDA Drug Master File technology (MT). POM, Celanex® PBT, Fortron® PPS,
• FDA Device Master File As soon as thermoplastics come into con- Vectra® LCP and GUR® PE-UHMW
• Additional analytical tests for each tact with active drug substances, they must Premium.
individual lot (traceability) comply with very stringent regulations.
• Extended Certificate of Inspection The special MT® medical grade series by Since safety standards are continuing to
(APZ) Ticona is therefore based on the principles increase, Ticona plans to put its own
• Supply assurance without change in of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). production line for the Hostaform® POM
formulation These specify the standard for the purity MT® grades into operation in Kelsterbach
and traceability of the raw materials and as early as 2005. This will enable Ticona
Good Manufacturing Practices: additives used and for Change Process to meet GMP requirements even more
❙ www.cgmp.com Management. Only in this way will the easily – in the future too.
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Long fiber materials for higher stability
In vehicles, a window lifter has to with-
stand a great deal: it must reliably move the
window pane, weighing about three kilo-
grams, up and down in all operating states
of the vehicle, prevent water from entering
the passenger compartment in the rain,
even at high speed, and withstand break-
ins. In the event of a collision, the pane
must remain firmly anchored in the holder.
Together with Ticona, Küster Automotive
Door Systems GmbH has developed new Michael Tapp, Dr. Karsten Schöler and Thomas Medebach (from left)
cable-operated window lifters for the VW in conversation with Ticona: what requirements must thermoplastics in
Transporter and the Audi A3 which meet automotive doors fulfil?
all these requirements. The following is a
conversation with Thomas Medebach, ? What demands are placed on the materi-
Michael Tapp and Dr. Karsten Schöler, als during operation itself?
Küster Development Department. ! The cable drum housing is a functional
component in the vehicle door. In this
? You have specialized for decades in win- exposed area, the materials have to with-
dow lifters in the automotive sector. How stand extreme temperature differences. They
have the material requirements changed? are therefore subjected to continuous cli-
! With the switch from manually operat- mate testing. The materials must not lose
ed window winders to automatic window their mechanical properties – neither at high
openers, the wear resistance and quietness nor at low temperatures.
requirements have increased. More and ? For the first time, you are using
more, polypropylene and long fiber materials Celstran® LFRT, the long fiber reinforced
are being used to ensure less distortion thermoplastic from Ticona, instead of con-
of the housings. ventional short fiber materials from PA in
? What requirements have to be consid- the cable drum housing. Why did you
ered for the new cable-operated window decide to make the changeover?
lifters? ! In the various vehicle operating states,
! The cable drum housing is fairly large the components in the area of the vehicle
and is therefore particularly at risk of door are subjected to strong forces.
distortion. Together with Ticona, we deter- PP-based long fiber reinforced thermo-
mined the fiber orientation resulting in plastics are better able to meet the higher
improved stability, particularly around the requirements in terms of the mechanical
screw bosses and weld lines. properties and dimensional stability. Cost
Must withstand very high stress: benefits also played a role.
the new cable drum housing ? What®are the advantages of using
from Küster GmbH for the Celstran LFRT for production?
VW Transporter T5. ! Thanks to the low distortion of the
material, it was necessary to make only
small corrections to the mold, and the
preliminary drying is omitted. This reduces
the development time and costs.
? Will long fiber reinforced thermoplas-
tics play a greater role in your area in the
! Cable drum housings made of long
fiber reinforced PP are already part of our
standard product range. Its use in window
lifter drivers is also conceivable. The
rigidity of the material also permits thinner
walls, contributing to lower weight.
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photo: Yuyao Plastics City
Yuyao Plastics City – a market place for
all types of plastics
Selling thermoplastics in Chinese
Ticona has been present in Asia with its non consilidated affiliate
Polyplastics since 1964. That is why it knows the ins and outs specific to
the Asian markets. Take for example Yuyao Plastics City, the center
for production, development, trading and sale of thermoplastics in China.
It is like a K trade fair on the street – 365 days a year.
Plastics City grew up around this street.
Today, more than 800 dealers sell their
products in Yuyao and it has become the
most specialized market for thermoplastics
C H I N A in China. The daily prices posted in
Yuyao are considered a barometer for price
Shanghai trends in the Chinese thermoplastics
market. The prices are updated daily and
Yuyao posted on the Internet.
Buying and selling thermoplastics in Yuyao
resembles a flea market. In the morning,
dealers write the prices and grades of ther-
moplastic they have available that day on
chalkboards and put them in front of their
China Plastics Information Network: Actually, only one and a half square stores. But anyone who believes these prices
❙ http://english.cpinfo.net kilometers were originally planned. That are firm is mistaken. When a potential cus-
was the amount of space on which Yuyao tomer shows interest in a dealer’s products,
Yuyao: Plastics City, a center for thermoplastics in they sit down together and work out the
❙ www.yy.gov.cn/english China, was to be created in the mid-1990s. actual price over a cup of Chinese tea.
But with over a thousand square kilome- The dealers in Yuyao are typical of the frag-
ters, it has got a little bit bigger. Over 800 mented sales system for thermoplastics in
dealers and large international corporations China which is based on numerous tradi-
shape the character of the colorful thermo- tional dealer networks. Of course, big inter-
plastics city. Yuyao is located in the eastern national companies are present in Yuyao
part of Zhejiang province on the East Plastics City also. Altogether the dealers
China Sea. The “thermoplastics street” in and companies located there maintain busi-
Yuyao was already a major supraregional ness relations with over 20 countries world-
center for thermoplastic pellets in the wide, making Yuyao Plastics City a major
1980s. Over the past ten years, Yuyao sales channel for thermoplastics in China.
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“China, a hotbed of activity”
Ticona has been present in Asia with its affiliate, Polyplastics, since 1964.
Ed Brock, Managing Director of Polyplastics Co. Ltd in Japan and Director
of Affiliate Relations – Asia at Ticona LLC, Japan, is an expert on the
Asian market. | in | form spoke with him about the outlook for the engineering
thermoplastics market in Asia.
? Mr. Brock, how do you assess the market and development centers are becoming
prospects for engineering polymers in Asia? more and more common. All this is coupled
! Asia is a market with excellent future with the fear of missing the boat if
prospects for engineering thermoplastics. companies don’t participate now. This has
For the period 2003 – 2007, we expect led to a frenzy of production investment
growth of around seven to nine percent. in China and translates into high demand
But there are large differences between for engineering thermoplastics.
regions. While we expect growth in ? Ticona, Polyplastics and two other
Japan to be relatively low at two to three companies are building a new production
Ed Brock, Managing Director percent, we estimate growth in China plant for POM in China (see box). What
of Polyplastics Co. Ltd in will be over twelve percent! Greater China importance does Yuyao Plastics City have
Japan and Director of is a hotbed of activity – an enormous for the new operation?
Affiliate Relations – Asia at growth market in a changing political and ! Yuyao is an important distribution cen-
Ticona LLC, Japan economic environment. ter for thermoplastics in China. But, of
? How do you explain the increasing course, a supplier still needs other relation-
demand in China? ships and regional know-how, particularly
! The answer can be found in the news in view of the dealer network which has
Read the entire interview headlines nearly every single day. China, grown up over many years and the changing
with Ed Brock: the “factory of the world”, is known for its legal environment. In this context, the fact
❙ www.ticona.com News low cost of labor, its domestic consump- that Polyplastics has been present in the
Special Reports tion potential is enormous, and research Asian market for 40 years is very valuable.
Ticona in the fast-growing Global consumption of engineering thermplastics* –
growing faster than GDP with a focus on Asia
Asian market (kt) 4 070 4 760 5 940 6 400 7 250 8 200 Consumption will
10 000 grow to 8,700,000
9 000 tons by 2007
Global demand for engineering thermplastics will contin-
Estimated ETP annual
ue to grow. Asia, in particular, is a highly promising China growth (2003 – 2007)
growth market for them. The experts at Ticona Market Global: 5–7%
5 000 Japan
Intelligence estimate year-on-year growth in China will America: 4 – 5 %
4 000 Europe: 4–5%
be over twelve percent up until 2007, compared with
four to five percent in Europe. Ticona has been in Asia for
2 000 Asia (est.) 7–9%
over forty years with its affiliate, Polyplastics Co. Ltd.
Both companies are currently building a new production 1 000 America China: > 12 %
plant for polyacetal (POM) in Nantong, China together Other A/P: 4–6%
‘94 ‘95 ‘96 ‘97 ‘98 ‘99 ‘00 ‘01 ‘02 ‘03 ‘04 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07
with Korea Engineering Plastics and Mitsubishi Gas
Chemical. PTM Engineering Plastics Co. Ltd. which will Growth will be faster than GDP but the main focus will be on Asia.
come on line in the second quarter of 2005 and then pro-
Source: Ticona Market Intelligence estimate, August 2003.
duce up to 60,000 tons of polyacetal (POM) per year. *ETP compounds: PA6, PA66, PA11, PA12, PC, POM, PBT, PET inj., PPE, UHMW-PE,
including blends and alloys
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photo: Het Keringhuis
Fighting the forces of nature
When a powerful storm sweeps across the sea and whips up the coastal
water into waves that are meters in height, the mainland and people in the
coastal regions are in danger. With considerable technical effort and
know-how, engineers are boldly facing storm surges. One example is the
Maeslant storm surge barrier.
The Maeslant storm surge barrier: They stand firm against the ocean: of such large dimensions. One of the
❙ www.keringhuis.nl storm surge barriers are weirs constructed challenges was to enable the ball joint to
at places where the river mouth is at risk of move with minimal friction in the socket.
flooding. If a storm surge is imminent, the The socket was therefore initially coated
monitoring team can close the colossal with molybdenum sulfide and PTFE.
photo: Het Keringhuis
gates within a few hours. The storm surge However, the coating did not withstand
barrier forms an impenetrable gate the very heavy load. It disintegrated in
between the sea and the river, and so effec- places, and the steel ball wore away the
tively protects the area from flooding. surface of the socket. In order to solve this
Without this protection, there might be a problem, the Dutch engineers turned to
catastrophe: 1800 people died in 1953 in the ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene
the Netherlands in the worst storm surge GUR® PE-UHMW from Ticona, which
in 500 years. The water masses broke has very good sliding properties.
through the dykes and flooded a fifth of
the country. More than 72,000 people had The engineering thermoplastic was applied
to be rehoused at short notice. to the socket in the form of mini-pads. This
GUR® PE-UHMW – is because, although GUR® PE-UHMW
In response to such catastrophes, numer- itself has a very high energy absorption
not just for barriers ous storm surge barriers were constructed capacity, the pad shape gives the material
The ultrahigh molecular weight in recent decades. The technical solutions even better stability. The 25 centimeter PE
polyethylene GUR® PE-UHMW are becoming more and more complex and pads are each held by a carbon fiber ring so
has extremely high notched demanding. One of the largest and most that the yield point of the material is
impact strength and wear resist- modern barriers is the Maeslant storm increased to 180 Newtons per square milli-
ance in combination with very surge barrier, completed in 1997 in the meter (N/mm2). For comparison purposes,
good sliding properties. Suitable Netherlands. The dimensions of this instal- the same pressure would be generated if
contact materials are not only lation are enormous: the two steel trusses, twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower were
metals but also other plastics or each of which supports a gate, are about to rest on one square meter. The contact
wood. High thermal stability and 250 meters long – almost as long as the 300 pressure in the ball hinge increases, but at
resistance to chemicals round off meter high Eiffel Tower. The trusses are no point to more than 150 N/mm2. So the
the profile of GUR® PE-UHMW. held by a 680 tonne steel ball joint resting pads easily support the ball weighing
This very special combination of on foundations comprising 52,000 tons of hundreds of tons, and the parts in the ball
properties has long qualified concrete. Comparable with the functioning hinge once again operate smoothly:
GUR® PE-UHMW for use in of the human shoulder joint, the ball joint the giant trusses of the barrier can be moved
mechanical engineering, in the ensures that the steel trusses can move in into position without problems and can
chemical industry and in mining. different directions – no easy task in view successfully resist future storm surges.
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Polyester from hard to soft
Vandar® polyester airbag cover
Autoliv is one of the leading suppliers of
safety products to the automotive industry. Celanex® XFR –
Using Vandar® polyester, Autoliv has
produced a cover for the passenger airbag.
Vandar® polyester has good dimensional without halogen
stability combined with good surface
quality and thermal stability. The four The newest member of the
millimeter thick airbag cover is produced Ticona polyester family is
by multicomponent injection molding out Celanex® XFR. An outstanding
of Vandar® 9114. An attractive surface is material for use in the electrical
provided by Vandar® polyester AB 100 in and electronics market, this PBT
combination with a flexible component. is made flame retardant by an
Impet® PET windshield organic phosphorus compound –
wiper housing without the bromine-containing
flameproofing agent customary
Valeo Auto-Electric in Bietigheim has to date. This is particularly
developed a housing for rear windshield important in view of the
wipers made completely of glass fiber- regulation on electronics scrap:
reinforced Impet® 2700 GV 1/45. European Directive 2002/96/EC
This considerably reduces the weight of (WEEE) requires separate
the component compared with the previous disposal for materials containing
ones consisting of metal. Impet® PET is bromine-containing flame-
very rigid and has little tendency to creep proofing agents.
even at high operating temperatures. This regulation does not apply to
With these properties, the Ticona material the Celanex® XFR product series.
helps to ensure that the highly stressed
housing has a long service life and runs Celanex® PBT sensor housing
quietly. for side airbags
Side airbags are exposed not only to
stresses such as changing temperatures and
vibrations but also to frequent shocks cau-
sed by opening and closing the doors.
Siemens VDO therefore selected glass fiber
reinforced Celanex® 2300 GV 1/30 when
developing the sensor housing of the side
airbags. This Celanex® PBT grade has
good thermal stability and
resistance to weathering
together with high rigidity,
Riteflex® TPE-E tank cap retainer good creep behavior and
excellent dimensional stability. Since
Thermotech has developed a tank Celanex® PBT can be colored and
cap retainer. The strip which connects the inscribed with a laser, these safety
tank cap to the bodywork is produced components can be installed
from Riteflex® 655. This thermoplastic in the various
polyester elastomer is highly resistant models without
to aging, is tough, wear resistant and confusion.
possesses excellent flexural strength even
at low temperatures. Riteflex® TPE-E
offers more advantages than rubber
and, in contrast to other thermoplastic For further information:
polyesters, is resistant to fuel. ❙ www.ticona.com products
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See the enclosed copy of the
Vectra LCP lights the way Hostaform® Report
for more articles. If your copy
is missing, you can order one
Attractive, heat-resistant and flame retardant – plastics used in lighting on the following number:
must meet high requirements. New Vectra® LCP grades specially Telephone +49 (0)69 305 16299
developed for this application have now impressed two lighting manu-
facturers with their properties.
railroad stations. Thanks to the very good
flowability and high strength of Vectra®
Lamp holder LCP, Osram was also able to save weight
for discharge and material by using Vectra® LCP.
lamps from The wall thickness of the lamp housing
Colosio was halved compared to the previous
model, while its rigidity was increased.
All Vectra® LCPgrades meet the high
requirements of the UL 94 V-0 fire classifi-
Lighting specialist Colosio is produc- cation without the need for additional
ing lamp holders for discharge lamps from flame retardants. This means that in the
Vectra® LCP. The reason is simple. This fire test, the material continues to burn for
special grade not only offers high heat less than ten seconds after exposure to
resistance and so withstands the heat of flame and that flammable materials lying
the lamp long-term but is also suitable for underneath the test specimen are not
applications in visible parts, because of its ignited by any burning drips. Since the
excellent surface finish, Special additives Vectra® LCP range has exceptionally low
ensure that this component, colored to emission values, fogging of lamp reflectors
customer specifications, has an attractive and diffusers due to
surface. outgassing of volatile
Leading lighting manufacturer, Osram, thermoplastics is
has also opted to use Vectra® LCP for its also reduced.
high-performance, energy-saving lamps. This increases the
In addition to good surface quality, the amount of light
high heat resistance and inherent flame produced on a
retardancy of our material were important Lamp housing permanent basis.
because these energy-saving lamps from Osram.
have to maintain a very high standard of
performance in public spaces such as ❙ www.ticona.com Products LCP Vectra® LCP
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Editorial team: Celanex® PBT, Impet® PET, Vandar® (polyester alloys), Riteflex® TPE-E, design, processing conditions and environmental exposure.
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