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ASA Resin Generates Deep Black Effect for Automotive Exteriors

A leading European automotive brand has selected Ineos Styrolution’s Luran S XA SPF60 acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) for the blackening panel of the company’s line of trucks. The selection was made due to the product’s superior surface quality in combination with its weather resistance.

Collaborative relationship.

Ineos Styrolution has had a longstanding relationship with the automotive company and its supplier. The two companies have previously collaborated on development projects using Ineos Styrolution’s Luran S 778T ASA material and the SPF30 additive package. Thus, it was a natural next step to test the enhanced XA SPF60 package as soon as it became available. Initial tests were positive and, subsequently, the new material was approved for the company’s automotive applications.

UV resistance for high gloss surfaces.

Laura Nübling, product manager Luran S, EMEA, said: “Luran S XA SPF60 was developed for demanding outdoor applications that require superior UV resistance and high gloss surfaces. When we developed the product, we had deep black automotive applications for automotive components like exterior trims, rear-view mirrors, and dual design front grilles. I am very excited to see our Luran S SPF60 material cruising down the road.”

Luran S is an ASA polymer featuring high surface quality, impact strength, and enhanced color fastness. Luran S products deliver superior long-term performance when exposed to UV irradiation and heat. They also provide excellent chemical resistance.

Benchmark styrenic polymer for weather resistance.

To strengthen its position as the benchmark styrenic polymer for weather resistance, the enhanced Luran S SPF30 and Luran S SPF60 packages were developed, offering state-of-the-art UV stabilization.

A broad portfolio of advanced Luran S products is addressing solutions in industries including automotive, construction, toys, sports and leisure, electronics, healthcare, household, and packaging.

Luran S 778T, the material used for the blackening panel, is one grade out of the range of Luran S materials. It is specifically optimized for high heat and chemical resistance and can be found in many automotive applications.

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