- Our mission: Driving sustainable styrenics
- Our sustainability targets
- Styrenics: A multitalented material with sustainable benefits
- Sustainable solutions for a broad range of industries
- Automotive: Driving sustainable innovations
- Construction: Styrenics to build on
- Healthcare: Styrenics for safe and reliable healthcare applications
- Household: Styrenics in your home
- Electronics: Enabling the devices of today and tomorrow
- Packaging: Styrenics for safe and hygienic packaging
Our mission: Driving sustainable styrenics
We design our products to make a valuable contribution for our customers and the society. We achieve this by taking a responsible approach to our product portfolio along the entire value chain – from procurement, development and production to transport and sales, and from integration into customer processes to intended use. We want to offer styrenic solutions that deliver a strong sustainability performance and render our customers’ businesses as well as end consumers’ choices more sustainable. Together with customers and the scientific community, we engage in collaborative innovation of cutting-edge sustainable products. By driving product stewardship and quality management, we ensure compliance with product regulations and deliver safe, best-quality and high-performance products to our customers.
Our sustainability targets
We now have defined global sustainability targets for product sustainability. We aim to bring our sustainability quota for regional development centers (RDCs) above 50% and keep the quota for global R&D above 90% by 2018. In addition, we are working on a circular economy proof of concept for polystyrene depolymerization including a respective business case by 2019.
Styrenics: A multitalented material with sustainable benefits
As the market leader in styrenics, INEOS Styrolution’s business is guided by global megatrends, such as urbanization, demographic changes, scarcity of resources, and the increasing importance of healthy lifestyles and food safety. These challenges are shaping the evolution of various industries and highlighting the need for sustainable applications. Styrenics offer sustainable solutions to these demands, mainly due to the inherent properties of this versatile material.
Sustainable solutions for a broad range of industries
AUTOMOTIVE HIGHLIGHT EXAMPLE
Superior performance and physical durability make our styrenics attractive for manufacturers along the entire automotive value chain. In addition, their low density compared to other engineering plastics makes them a sustainable solution for lightweight parts – helping minimize vehicle weight, and in turn increasing fuel efficiency. Combined with outstanding aesthetics due to low shrinkage and warpage, this explains why styrenics are the material of choice for many applications from rearview mirror housings and instrument panel trims to front grills and rear light housings.
StyLight® – a brand new development area addressing the need for high-performance, lightweight structures
In comparison to conventional materials, continuous fiber-reinforced plastics offer not only a high weight reduction potential, but also a variety of functional advantages. Based on SAN and a proprietary, patented process technology, INEOS Styrolution developed StyLight – a new generation of high-performance thermoplastic composite, combining mechanical strength with high aesthetic value.
Thermoplastic composite sheets from INEOS Styrolution can be thermoformed, back-injection-molded and decorated in just one processing step. In addition, StyLight features very high stiffness and high dimensional stability allowing thin wall design, resulting in weight reduction.
The lower shrinkage during the cooling step of the styrenic copolymer matrix, based on a modified SAN, reduces the surface roughness or waviness significantly, offering superior surface quality. The surface quality allows various aesthetic surface effects, such as film decoration, easy painting and printing. This composite sheet not only ensures aesthetics, structural strength and performance, but also addresses megatrends of our time, such as energy and resource efficiency in the automotive industry. According to recent studies in automotive engineering, such glass-fiber-reinforced plastics enable a weight reduction of up to 50% versus standard solutions reinforced with metal or made of SMC. Compared to injection-molded parts, the new material offers a thickness reduction of 50–70% resulting in a weight reduction of 40–50%.
Because of its characteristics, StyLight is specifically targeting semi-structural applications for automotive interiors and exteriors. It is also an attractive solution for electronics as well as high-performance sport equipment.
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CONSTRUCTION HIGHLIGHT EXAMPLE
Luran® S – a sustainable product line
HEALTHCARE HIGHLIGHT EXAMPLE
Novodur® HD – a superior product that meets both technical and regulatory demands
INEOS Styrolution recently introduced the new developed Novodur HD M203FC G3 – a glass-fiber-filled medical polymer grade for IV transfer spikes. As the first such ABS product on the market, it is offered with the full complement of healthcare compliance documents worldwide, being already used in medical accessories by the global medical device manufacturer Fleima-Plastic.
The challenge was to create a material with the required dimensional stability and stiffness while still being regulatory compliant. Thanks to these special glass fibers, this ABS material has an exceptionally high E-modulus and a significantly improved compression, bending, tensile and impact strength. Such characteristics as well as high surface quality, superior flowability and processability mean that it can even be used to produce complex geometrics. In addition, the glass fiber reinforcement and the ABS material comply with the requirements of USP Class VI, selected ISO 10993 biocompatibility standards and various food contact regulations. Due to its unique properties and regulatory compliance, Novodur® HD M203FC G3 has the potential to become the first choice material for demanding healthcare applications, such as medical spikes, as well as for medical applications requiring structural stability and high flowability.
HOUSEHOLD HIGHLIGHT EXAMPLE
Improved environmental stress-crack-resistant (ESCR) ABS compatible with new sustainable blowing agen
Refrigerators around the globe have a thermally isolating layer made of polyurethane (PU) that are foamed with the aid of blowing agents. The foamed PU is in direct contact with the fridges’ inner and door liner made of ABS or HIPS. Recently, a new and more sustainable liquid-blowing agent entered the market, providing significantly lower global warming potential, no flammability, lower end-of-life management costs and better insulation properties compared to common blowing agents. However, common ABS and HIPS grades are not stress-crack-resistant (ESCR) against this new type of blowing agent.
This was the starting point for us to invest in the development of an improved ABS grade that supports the use of this new blowing agent as well as ensures the requested fridge performance and quality consistency over its lifetime. This resulting new ABS grade is called ESCRima and is based on a proprietary patented INEOS Styrolution technology. ESCRima is a high-impact ABS grade with an improved environmental stress-cracking resistance compared to conventional high-impact polystyrene. It also features excellent thermoformability and very low permeability to aromas and gases. ESCRima has therefore become the optimal solution for refrigerator inliners. Since its launch at Chinaplas 2016, the largest plastics and rubber trade fair in Asia, we are able to support our customers with this improved product – particularly in the Asian market – to produce a more sustainable fridge series for home applications.
ELECTRONICS HIGHLIGHT EXAMPLE
NAS® in the spotlight
Lights have a multitude of functions in the electronics industry, such as signaling, decoration and night design. INEOS Styrolution’s transparent styrenics have emerged as enablers of innovation in this field. For example, our styrene acrylic copolymer (NAS) offers a high degree of light transmission and optical clarity, as well as excellent processability and easy flow compared to PMMA or PC. Since NAS has lower density and does not need pre-drying, it is a resource-efficient solution, too.
PACKAGING HIGHLIGHT EXAMPLE
Energy-efficient cups made of Styrolution PS 486N
Polystyrene cups exhibit high mechanical strength at low weight, do not require pre-drying and consume less process energy compared to other plastic materials. In fact, the production of polystyrene requires approximately 60% less energy than polypropylene, and 40% less energy than PET.
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