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Luxus Acquires Colour Tone Masterbatch

8th March 2017
Technical plastics compounder Luxus has expanded its operations with the recent acquisition of the South Wales based Colour Tone Masterbatch Ltd.
 
Colour Tone Masterbatch currently employs 50 staff with a turnover of £5m. This innovative additive manufacturer focuses on the delivery of high quality service and bespoke colours, in universal, commodity and engineered polymers, as well as custom additive blends.
 
The acquisition will enable a strategic realignment of the businesses allied with improvements in production capabilities at its site in Bedwas Caerphilly. Tony Gaukroger remains as a non-stock holding Director and the company will continue to operate autonomously as before.
 
Peter Atterby, managing director, Luxus, comments: “We are delighted that Colour Tone Masterbatch is now a part of Luxus. This strategic investment is a natural progression of our 20 year working relationship. It will enable us to significantly enhance our offering to deliver highly engineered coloured polymers that our global client base requires, providing the strongest possible market position."
 
In recent years, Colour Tone Masterbatch was selected to support a WRAP funded project that aimed to develop the materials technology required to substitute carbon black pigment commonly used in black food packaging with infra-red reflection (IRR) black pigment. Since recycling sorting systems are unable to detect black carbon as it reflects little or no light at all. This results in over one billion black plastic trays being sent to landfill or incinerated in the UK each year.
 
Peter Atterby continues: “The project validated that IRR pigments could allow near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to sort black plastic packaging waste. They reproduced as near as possible the shade and opacity of carbon black, instead of the less commercial ‘brown black’ achieved in previous trials proving that materials technology can deliver a solution to this serious landfill issue.
 
“We now have the opportunity to capitalise on the technological synergies in both companies. Since the original NIR project, a new masterbatch with the same IRR pigment has been devised for numerous applications including the prevention of heat build-up for example. This provides the opportunity to shape the technical properties of thermoplastics used for auto interior components including steering wheels, seats and instrument panels for example.                              
 
“Since the masterbatch is NIR detectable too, another key advantage is that it can positively contribute to automakers’ ‘end of life’ requirements as the black plastic can be easily identified for sorting at a recycling facility. This means that in the future Luxus high performance engineered polymers such as the ‘next generation’ Hycolene™ thermoplastics range may be available in an NIR detectable version.”
 
This is just one of the opportunities this strategic acquisition will make possible. By combining the technical strengths of the two companies it will result in more innovative new products to cater for emerging market and client needs.
 
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Supporting image: From left to right – Peter Atterby, Managing Director, Luxus and Tony Gaukroger, Director, Colour Tone Masterbatch
For further information please contact Sasha Stewart at Straight Talk PR – email: sasha@straighttalkpr.co.uk or tel: 07764 346 896.

Luxus Ltd        
UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for over 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.
Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.
 
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Luxus Acquires Colour Tone Masterbatch
8th March 2017
Technical plastics compounder Luxus has expanded its operations with the recent acquisition of the South Wales based Colour Tone Masterbatch Ltd.
 
Colour Tone Masterbatch currently employs 50 staff with a turnover of £5m. This innovative additive manufacturer focuses on the delivery of high quality service and bespoke colours, in universal, commodity and engineered polymers, as well as custom additive blends.
 
The acquisition will enable a strategic realignment of the businesses allied with improvements in production capabilities at its site in Bedwas Caerphilly. Tony Gaukroger remains as a non-stock holding Director and the company will continue to operate autonomously as before.
 
Peter Atterby, managing director, Luxus, comments: “We are delighted that Colour Tone Masterbatch is now a part of Luxus. This strategic investment is a natural progression of our 20 year working relationship. It will enable us to significantly enhance our offering to deliver highly engineered coloured polymers that our global client base requires, providing the strongest possible market position."
 
In recent years, Colour Tone Masterbatch was selected to support a WRAP funded project that aimed to develop the materials technology required to substitute carbon black pigment commonly used in black food packaging with infra-red reflection (IRR) black pigment. Since recycling sorting systems are unable to detect black carbon as it reflects little or no light at all. This results in over one billion black plastic trays being sent to landfill or incinerated in the UK each year.
 
Peter Atterby continues: “The project validated that IRR pigments could allow near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to sort black plastic packaging waste. They reproduced as near as possible the shade and opacity of carbon black, instead of the less commercial ‘brown black’ achieved in previous trials proving that materials technology can deliver a solution to this serious landfill issue.
 
“We now have the opportunity to capitalise on the technological synergies in both companies. Since the original NIR project, a new masterbatch with the same IRR pigment has been devised for numerous applications including the prevention of heat build-up for example. This provides the opportunity to shape the technical properties of thermoplastics used for auto interior components including steering wheels, seats and instrument panels for example.                              
 
“Since the masterbatch is NIR detectable too, another key advantage is that it can positively contribute to automakers’ ‘end of life’ requirements as the black plastic can be easily identified for sorting at a recycling facility. This means that in the future Luxus high performance engineered polymers such as the ‘next generation’ Hycolene™ thermoplastics range may be available in an NIR detectable version.”
 
This is just one of the opportunities this strategic acquisition will make possible. By combining the technical strengths of the two companies it will result in more innovative new products to cater for emerging market and client needs.
 
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Supporting image: From left to right – Peter Atterby, Managing Director, Luxus and Tony Gaukroger, Director, Colour Tone Masterbatch
For further information please contact Sasha Stewart at Straight Talk PR – email: sasha@straighttalkpr.co.uk or tel: 07764 346 896.

Luxus Ltd        
UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for over 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.
Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.
 

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Luxus Celebrates Success As The Hycolene™ Commercialisation Project Completes
11th January 2017

Technical compounder Luxus celebrated yesterday the completion of its €1.4m Recyclite project, co-funded by the EU’s Eco-Innovation initiative, at the Brackenborough Hotel, Louth, Lincolnshire. The three year project to help commercialise its environmentally positive, advanced lightweight, scratch resistant thermoplastics range for Class ‘A’ auto interiors will come to an end later this month.
 
Luxus along with its fellow project partners - Tier 1 moulder International Automotive Components (IAC), major auto manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover and bespoke twin screw manufacturer Coperion have helped support the development of the Hycolene™ thermoplastics range through a series of technical trials – proving the technology’s potential at full commercial scale.
 
Underlining the need for eco-innovation entrepreneurism in Europe on the day was guest speaker Didier Gambier, head of department, Department B – LIFE and H2020, Energy, Environment, Resources, The Executive Agency for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, The European Commission. While Matt Croucher, environment manager, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT ) focused on the UK market with highlights from its ‘2016 New Car CO2 and Automotive Sustainability’ reports, confirming that new car emissions had hit their lowest ever levels.
 
Launched in 2008 the Eco-innovation initiative was part of the EU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP), set up to support innovation among SMEs and to improve their competitiveness. It helped to bridge the ‘gap’ between research and the market.
 
Luxus technical director, Dr Christel Croft explains, “We’re pleased that the commercial potential for Hycolene™ was recognised by the EU and our fellow project partners three years ago. This crucial investment and the dedicated industry expertise it required, has enabled us to make a fundamental step change in our technology, as we have replaced filled compounds with ‘next generation’ reinforcing additives.
 
“Offering excellent tensile properties these additives do not detract from the appearance of a moulded compound, yet their adoption reduces weight by up to 12 per cent per part and significantly improves scratch resistance too, satisfying stringent industry standards.
 
“Hycolene 16818 offers a much lower density than currently provided, while still delivering up to 60 per cent recycled content with the option for prime grades too. The result is that the material satisfies the rapid cycle times now set by OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers whilst having significant Co2 reduction.”
 
Rob Crow, materials innovation manager, Jaguar Land Rover. ‘Through our involvement in the Recyclite project, Jaguar Land Rover has demonstrated first hand that Hycolene™ 16818 can meet our key structural requirements for use in Class ‘A’ interior applications, whilst delivering a significant improvement in scratch performance over conventional talc filled polypropylenes.’ 
 
Looking ahead Luxus will be developing additional Hycolene™ grades, including an even higher impact version with excellent scratch resistance and further colour options. Its capacity to produce the new compounds will be helped in the future by working in close partnership with both local and global sources to access (PP) recyclate – the same lightweight performance can be achieved too in prime grades.
 
Luxus managing director, Peter Atterby said: “This project has enabled us to become a true ‘Eco-innovator’, Hycolene™ produces 26 per cent less CO2 per tonne over the life cycle of the vehicle compared to virgin compounds for example. By helping to also preserve limited natural resources, we are reducing the vehicle’s carbon footprint and contributing to automakers vehicle ‘life cycle analysis’ requirements. As we inevitably move towards a future legislative regime that will include more than simply tailpipe emissions alone.
 
“Beyond its ‘green’ credentials, we have engineered what we believe is the next generation in performance leading polymers. Hycolene™ has exceeded expectations offering an enhanced surface finish where it matters most – in the auto cockpit and cabin.”
 
“Our advanced thermoplastics technology, developed for Europe’s auto interior applications is of benefit to many diverse global markets too. We’re developing an extrusion grade to bring the advantages of Hycolene™ to the heavy equipment industry, such as earth moving machinery manufacture to coaches, buses and HGVs for example.
 
“We’re also investigating cosmetic packaging, particularly black bottles where improved scratch resistance at the point of sale is required. We intend to incorporate a near infrared (NIR) detectable version to enable effective post-consumer recycling, as it will contain no carbon black – this is just the beginning of what Hycolene™ can achieve. Without the support however, of this EU initiative and our expert partners, we as an SME wouldn’t have been able to bring to market this innovative new compound.”
 
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Image - Didier Gambier, Head of Department, Life and H2020, Energy, Environment, Resources, The Executive Agency For Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, The European Commission

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HYCOLENE™ ACHIEVES ACCELERATED MATERIAL PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
26th October 2016
 
Advanced lightweight scratch-resistant thermoplastics (PP) range Hycolene™ engineered by Lincolnshire based technical compounder Luxus, has recently satisfied rigorous accelerated materials performance trials with Tier 1 moulder IAC*. These latest trials conclude the material validation process required for Hycolene as part of the €1.4m Eco-innovation funded Recyclite commercialisation project (www.recyclite.eu).
 
The aim was to provide a theoretical equivalent of real-time ‘vehicle life’ for Hycolene (grade 16818), to satisfy fellow project member, Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering standard. The materials trials followed previous positive performance, delivering high scratch-resistance; lightweight benefits and a rapid cycle time in the spring of this year.

The chosen ‘A’ class interior test component for this latest trials was a current Jaguar Land Rover instrument panel (IP), which was exposed to in market service temperatures expected for IP assemblies, for several weeks ending in June 2016. The tests were managed by IAC’s laboratory and an independent test house which compared the results against an industry standard thermoplastics grade.
 
Accelerated material tests were completed as auto manufacturers require all interior plastics components to be more resistant to sunlight and heat as part of an overall goal of achieving a 10 year vehicle life. Weathering requirements have also become more severe as larger, aerodynamic windshield designs for example, have increased the sunlight exposure of many vehicle interiors today.
 
Luxus technical director Dr Christel Croft explains the trial process: “Firstly, we took panel gap measurements both pre and post-tests to determine if there was any degree of component movement. UV resistance was also critical, with only minor fade allowed and no other colour tone change. A non-uniform colour change was unacceptable in these trials – Hycolene 16818 passed all the agreed criteria.
 
“Any occurrence of tackiness; grain loss; blistering; distortion; cracking; crazing; fibre deterioration; wrinkling; waviness; milking or spotting would have led to a rejection. We along with our Recyclite project partners are satisfied that Hycolene has once again exceeded expectations.”           
 
Peter Middleton, CBU director at IAC, adds: “We are pleased that Hycolene has proved to be a fully developed and durable composite able to meet the requirements of this trial. We believe this composite now has the potential to be successful at full commercial scale for auto manufacturers that demand advanced lightweight and scratch performance in either sustainable recycle content or virgin grades for the vehicle’s life.”
 
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For further information please visit www.recyclite.eu or www.luxus.co.uk
*International Automotive Components (IAC)
Supporting image – Dr Christel Croft, Technical Director, Luxus

Luxus Ltd    
    
UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for over 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.
Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.
 
 

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LUXUS SUPPORTS INAUGURAL LOUTH AND HORNCASTLE JOBS FAIR
Louth based technical plastics manufacturer and recycler, Luxus will be looking to fill apprentice lab technician and machine operator vacancies at the inaugural Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair, 9th September 2016, at the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth, Lincolnshire.

Luxus is a privately owned £25m turnover business with 150 employees; it’s been at the forefront of high performance sustainable thermoplastics development for over 50 years. Its client base includes major automotive manufacturers, Renault-Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and BMW.

The plastics manufacturer will be looking to fill its SEMTA* apprentice lab technician roles this autumn. Supported by the national Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards initiative, its apprenticeships provide work based technical training and assessment.

Apprentices are expected to complete a Level 3 NVQ Diploma directly relevant to their role with the opportunity to progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering. Working in Luxus’ state of the art Technical Centre, lab technicians ensure that its products meet rigorous specifications at each stage of production providing clients with the best possible quality materials and service.

Simon Thompson, quality manager at Luxus said: “We’re looking to use the opportunity the new jobs fair provides to get our name out into the local community; to attract new ‘talent’ right across the business to fill future engineering, laboratory and production roles.

“We want to showcase our business to school leavers, graduates and jobseekers. Many of whom don’t realise the true extent of our business, a world class plastics manufacturer right on their doorstep. A Luxus apprentice will also be on hand to provide a true insight into the business.”

Skills are vital to the engineering and advance manufacturing sectors such as plastics. According to SEMTA ‘The STEM sector needs 160,000 engineers, scientists and technicians per year by 2020 and 15% of SEMTA’s sector companies have skills gaps’.

Simon Thompson continues: “The skills ‘gap’ in engineering is a very real concern; the SEMTA apprentice programme is helping us to ensure that our apprentices develop a skill set that is relevant to our needs, helping to secure our future.”

If you are interested in working for Luxus please join us at the Jobs fair or visit www.Luxus.co.uk or find @LuxusLtd on Facebook.

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For further information please contact: Sasha Stewart, Straight Talk PR, tel: 07764 346 896 or email: sasha@straighttalkpr.co.uk

*Science Engineering Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA*)

Luxus Ltd
UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for over 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only independent UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.
Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.

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New Business Development Manager Appointed At Luxus
27th May 2016
Technical compounder and recycler Luxus, has appointed a new business development manager to help expand its UK and export business.

Jaume Escoriza joins Luxus based in Louth, Lincolnshire from vacuum excavation company, Vac-Ex where for five years he was a general manager. He was responsible for the company’s design, manufacture and sales division, in addition to its growing export business.

In his new role Jaume will build on the compounder’s existing client base that encompasses a diverse range of industries including: automotive; civil engineering; retail logistics; horticulture and safety products.

Jaume begins at an exciting time as the compounder’s €1.4m  EU Eco-innovation funded project to commercialise its advanced thermoplastics (PP) range, Hycolene™ culminates in January 2017. Luxus is therefore seeking new partnerships with Europe’s automakers that require high performance, light-weighting and enhanced life cycle assessment benefits from their composites. Luxus will also be exploring new and emerging market applications for Hycolene™.

Sajid Mohammed, associate commercial director at Luxus said: “We are delighted that Jaume has joined our team at this time. He has a great background when it comes to developing different markets as well as penetrating new applications. We are on course to market our high performance compounds to existing and new clients. So he will play an active role in promoting our brand and securing new business for Luxus.”

Jaume Escoriza explains why he chose Luxus: “I’ve been looking for potential employment in Lincolnshire area; this was the first role that genuinely excited me thanks to a combination of its 51 year pedigree, a strong export focus and being a true leader in its field.

“The lure of learning too, about new innovative thermoplastics products was heightened by the fact that Luxus’ highly specified compounds are engineered with a recycled content. Working for a business that is helping responsible clients to reduce landfill is a great bonus too.”

For further information please visit www.luxus.co.uk

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For further information please contact Sasha Stewart at Straight Talk PR – email: sasha@straighttalkpr.co.uk or tel: 07764 346 896.

Luxus Ltd        

UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for over 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.
Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.
 
 
 

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Hycolene™ Proves It's Up To Scratch For ‘A’ Class Surface Pioneer RocTool
20th May 2016

Technical compounder Luxus and RocTool the ‘Heat&Cool’ technology specialists, have announced a new joint collaboration ahead of the Plastics Design and Moulding (PDM) exhibition, Telford, 14th-15th June 2016. (Luxus stand, DO10).

The Luxus Hycolene™ grade 16818 has been selected as RocTool’s preferred high performance PP resin for use with its rapid inductive heating technology. This decision followed extensive lab trials of Hycolene™ versus a standard prime material. These took place at RocTool’s French headquarters last year and subsequently at Luxus’ in-house Technical Centre in March 2016.

RocTool is a pioneer in the very latest in high gloss effects and 3D textures producing a finish that is both premium and unique to satisfy the latest ‘A’ Class surface trends. It therefore required a PP resin that could offer high scratch performance.

Terry Burton, technical manager at Luxus explains: “We found in the lab trials that when RocTool’s induction technology is turned to the higher temperatures it requires; the scratch is far more exaggerated on the resulting moulded part with the standard talc filled material compared to our Hycolene™ product.”

Calypso Beloli, material engineer at RocTool comments: “We’re really enthusiastic to obtain this kind of quality surface with PP. Scratch resistance on a moulded part has been a challenge, but with the selection of the right compound together with our induction system technology means that we can develop new markets.”

Terry Burton, continues: “We’re really pleased to be a RocTool materials partner. The great appeal of Hycolene™ is that is allows manufacturers to satisfy environmental goals thanks to its recycled content (up to 60%) without sacrificing performance – delivering a lighter, stronger and critically a high scratch-resistant finish.”

Hycolene™ is going to feature in RocTool’s future marketing to Tier 1 moulders and manufacturers for the first time through specially tailored 3D holographic High Definition Plastics™ samples later this year.

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For further information please contact: Sasha Stewart at Straight Talk PR tel: 07764 346 896 or email: sasha@straighttalkpr.co.uk

Luxus Ltd
        
UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for over 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.
Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.
For further information please visit: www.luxus.co.uk
 
About RocTool
 
Created in 2000, RocTool is a Technology & Manufacturing solutions provider offering Engineering services and systems. RocTool induction process is fully adapted to plastic injection and composite molding, including multiple configurations to fit with tier manufacturers requirements. RocTool’s Research and Development team is constantly adapting the technologies to more materials including metal. As a ‘Heat and Cool’ technology leader, RocTool offers now High Definition Plastics™ capabilities to plastic moulders and Light Induction Tooling™ to composite part suppliers.
                      
The processes developed by RocTool are used in production by major brands in innovative industries such as automotive, aerospace, consumer products and electronics. They hold many advantages including reduced cycle times, surface quality, light - weighting and performance, therefore resulting in an overall cost reduction of the produced parts for manufacturers.
 
RocTool is listed on the Alternext Paris stock market. Its headquarters and R&D center is situated at Le Bourget du Lac (France). RocTool also has offices and moulding platforms in North America, Japan, Taiwan and Germany.
 
For further information please visit: www.roctool.com
 
An injected part with Luxus PP resin with RocTool technology.
 

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