News Release

INEOS Styrolution presents high-performance solutions for the automotive industry at "Plastics in Automotive Engineering Conference"


Frankfurt, Germany

  • The new Novodur® Ultra 4255 is introduced featuring high heat resistance, low temperature ductility and enhanced flowability.
  • The optimized laserweldable Novodur® offers improved adhesion to other materials for high aesthetic requirements.
  • The innovative thermoplastic composite StyLight* combines exceptional light weight with stiffness, aesthetics, processability and stability.
  • Further new exterior and interior automotive applications with special properties will be presented at the conference.

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, will highlight its new Novodur® Ultra 4255, the laserweldable-optimized version of the established Novodur® HH-112 and its innovative composite StyLight* at the “Plastics in Automotive Engineering Conference”, on 29-30 March in Mannheim, Germany.

Recently, INEOS Styrolution released one of its most interesting material innovations enhancing its dedicated portfolio of solutions for interior automotive applications. The new Novodur® Ultra 4255 grade features high impact strength at room temperature as well as at low temperature, 100 % ductility at -30 °C, high heat resistance and best-in-class flowability.

Christophe Ginss, Automotive Sales Director EMEA at INEOS Styrolution, sees great potential in Novodur® Ultra 4255 for interior applications: “We expect the new Novodur® Ultra 4255 to become a material of choice for car interiors, especially for applications like door panels, lower seat trims, center and overhead consoles or glove box doors and frames.”

Complementary to exterior automotive applications, INEOS Styrolution developed an optimized laserweldable version of the Novodur® HH-112 that offers high adhesion quality to other materials like PMMA. Furthermore, this tailored Novodur® HH-112 is also reducing production costs. As design and aesthetics become more and more decisive for new car models, Original Equipment Manufacturers are increasingly striving for a perfect surface when it comes to bonding two different materials.

Responding to another trend in the automotive industry, the increasing demand for lightweight parts, without compromising on aesthetics, safety and performance, INEOS Styrolution introduces its innovative thermoplastic composite StyLight* at the “Plastics in Automotive Engineering Conference”. Properties such as its lightweight, coupled with structural and dimensional stiffness and impact strength, make StyLight* an ideal solution for automotive applications. StyLight* production processes ensure highest quality and low cycle times, as complex parts can be produced in a hybrid production process: The thermoplastic composite sheets made from StyLight* can be thermoformed, back-injection-molded and decorated in just one processing step. At the same time, the lower shrinkage during the consolidation step of the styrenic copolymer matrix, based on a modified SAN, reduces the surface roughness or “waviness” significantly, and offers a superior surface quality. Possible applications include body panels, brake pedals, electronic device carriers, gear sticks, instrument panels, spoilers and sun roofs. Due to its innovative nature, the composite StyLight* also lends itself to R&D collaboration in completely new directions.

Furthermore, following exterior and interior automotive applications of INEOS Styrolution will be presented:

  • Dr. Schneider folding table – made with Novodur® H801
  • Continental instrument cluster – made with Novodur® HH-112
  • Rear lamp housing – made with Novodur® HH-112
  • Glove box and door extension part – both made with scratch resistant

Novodur® Ultra 4105

  • Inner seat part – made with chemical resistant Terblend® N NM-19
  • Pillars – made with Luran® S 778T and Novodur® HH-106 G2
  • Side trims – made with Novodur® P2MC
  • Roof spoiler – made with Novodur® HH-106

For more information on INEOS Styrolution and its material innovations visit booth 88 during the “Plastics in Automotive Engineering Conference”, on 29-30 March at Congress Center Rosengarten in Mannheim, Germany.

*Trade Mark application pending