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New Appointment Helps Luxus Drive Automotive Industry Growth

31st January 2019

Technical knowledge based compounder and recycler Luxus has appointed a new Business Development Manager to satisfy growing demand from the global automotive ‘A’ Class interior trim market for its high performance environmentally positive polymers.
 
Alistair Barber joined Luxus this month and is responsible for delivering new sales growth in Europe and managing the company’s major name automotive clients that include: - Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, BMW, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Honda.
 
After having spent almost a decade in business development roles, Alistair Barber brings with him an excellent track record for sales performance. As a Key Account Manager for his previous employer, a Louth based lighting company, he was responsible for increasing revenue month on month for what had been an under-performing geographical region for the company.
 
Prior to this he worked in the finance sector initially with a major UK high street bank before progressing to a mortgage advisor role based in Dubai that provided an insight into global markets. It was in this position that he successfully increased business levels to the extent that he generated 30% of the company’s turnover for the year.
 
It was Alistair Barber’s understanding of the technical aspects of selling gained mostly in his finance sector years that will provide the transferable skills required for his new role in the polymer industry.
 
Luxus managing director, Peter Atterby comments: “We are pleased to appoint Alistair Barber to this strategic role with his proven business development expertise, at a time when the automotive industry’s demand for high performance recycled content polymers to replace virgin grades has never been greater.

“For over 20 years Luxus has been at the very forefront of sustainable polymer development that has contributed to lowering the environmental impact of vehicles, while still delivering outstanding mechanical properties as manufacturers make the transition from a linear to a circular economy.”
 
This latest appointment follows the announcement last month that Luxus made a £1.5m investment in a new compounding line to support future growth in its core markets including the automotive interior trim sector, increasing its annual polymer compound production capacity to 55,000 tonnes.
 
Commenting on his appointment, Alistair Barber, said: “Luxus is a major employer in Louth with a strong history and excellent reputation for sustainable polymer innovation. With plastics having been in the ‘spotlight’ for much of last year, it’s great to see recycled content materials helping to make positive change by becoming the preferred choice for global OEMs.”
 
For more information on Luxus visit: www.luxus.co.uk or twitter @LuxusLtd
 
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Luxus Ltd (www.luxus.co.uk)

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™ Surpasses Expectations In First Commercial Trial
9th November 2015

Luxus is pleased to announce that its high performance recycled content polymer range, Hycolene™ has surpassed expectations in its first full scale commercial trial that took place in September at moulder IAC’s plant based in Lincolnshire.

Hycolene is a faster cycling range of scratch resistant, lightweight (PP) compounds that help deliver improved Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) - it features up to 60% recycled content. The range has been developed to target Europe’s automotive interior trim market, by helping to satisfy both ‘end-of-life’ vehicle (ELV) and emissions targets.

The first full scale commercial results have shown that the scratch performance of Hycolene has significantly improved on the current product. It will therefore deliver a high quality finish; a key requirement given design and aesthetics are increasingly important in the cabin.

The trial also demonstrated that Hycolene can produce a much faster cycle time delivering moulders a substantial 8-12% saving, as more parts per tonne can be processed - satisfying Tier 1 targets in addition to OEM’s lightweighting requirements.

Dr Christel Croft, technical director at Luxus, comments: “These results have confirmed that the enhanced performance of the Hycolene range has not only been maintained, but in some instances have surpassed expectations.

“It has shown too, that Hycolene can really help improve life cycle analysis, since this ‘tool’ takes into account all the factors affecting a product’s environmental footprint. It also has the potential to be used as a true ‘drop in’ solution by Tier 1’s.”

Luxus announced earlier this year, that it has as part of a consortium recently secured a €1.4m investment, co-funded by the EU Eco-Innovation initiative, part of the EU's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP). Its members are injection moulding company IAC for materials trials, twin screw manufacturer Coperion for technical support and Jaguar Land Rover offering end user guidance.

The commercial trial followed initial scale-up tests, these focused on different formulations, screw designs and process conditions at Coperion’s pilot plant based in Stuttgart in the Spring this year. The results were then jointly analysed by Luxus and Coperion before recommendations were made to the rest of the consortium to agree that the first commercial trial could take place.

For the trial itself, identical formulations, screw design and process conditions were created using Luxus’ bespoke Coperion extruder to establish scale-up parameters. This was to ensure the best environment for the first full scale batch to be used by IAC for its moulding trial. The consortium partners all agreed that the column shroud should be adopted for this trial since it’s a critical class ‘A’ visual component in the cabin.

Dave Jenkins, product engineering, International Automotive Components Group Ltd, comments: “From my perspective this was a very encouraging first trial, although further trials are required to fully optimise the product. A range of components also need to be run, so we can understand the material’s strengths and weaknesses. These will commence once the initial component lab testing is completed satisfactorily.”

As for the future, the next step is to repeat the commercial production improving screw design and process conditions following these initial results to improve material qualities. Luxus will then produce different grades of Hycolene and work with IAC to produce further parts for statistical analysis.

Luxus technicians will also be considering new markets where lightweighting and scratch-resistance are of benefit such as the educational furniture market for example.

For further information on this commercialisation project visit www.recyclite.eu
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Supporting image: An example of the column shroud component used for the first Hycolene™ commercial trial.

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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 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 Appoints New Associate Commercial Director
14th September 2015

Innovative technical plastics compounder and recycler Luxus has appointed Sajid Mohammed as its new associate commercial director.

Sajid Mohammed has spent 25 years working in the engineering sector where he has successfully created and managed international business development programmes.  During his previous six years working as global sales and marketing director for Sanvik Materials Technology, he was responsible for sales and marketing, business development, profitability and commercialisation strategies.

Prior to this Sajid Mohammed worked as a sales director for BA Tubes where his main role was to formulate strategy to help grow business in its chosen products and markets.

Sajid Mohammed’s appointment at Luxus will see him manage its commercial activities including, sales and procurement, while also supporting its overall business objectives for increased growth globally. As part of this, he will build on both its customer and supplier relationships and help improve its supply chains too.

Commenting on his appointment Sajid Mohammed said: “I’m really pleased to be joining Luxus, a highly innovative plastics compounder and recycler that’s pushing the boundaries in many diverse industries from automotive to civil engineering and horticulture. Its continued investment programme will I’m sure enable Luxus to consolidate its leadership position in its chosen markets and enable it to explore emerging global opportunities too.

Peter Atterby, Managing Director, Luxus comments: “We are delighted that Sajid Mohammed has decided to join Luxus at such an interesting time for the company. He brings with him a wealth of experience, particularly in the development of new markets. I’m sure he will quickly become an important player in our management team and will help us meet the challenge of communicating to specifiers the benefits of adopting environmentally responsibly sourced engineered materials for a more sustainable future.”  

Luxus remains the longest established UK manufacturer to have achieved ‘A’ surface approval for its recycled grades for auto interior trims, in the process it has revolutionised the market. In 2012 it opened a new state of the art Technical Centre and now in its 50th year, it continues to extend its reach into new markets in Europe and Asia.

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

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UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for 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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OBITUARY: PLASTICS PIONEER RONALD TONN
Ron Tonn - plastics recycling pioneer and founder of Lincolnshire compounder and recycler Luxus, died suddenly on Wednesday 12th August 2015 from heart failure. He was 83 years old.

Born in Chicago in 1932 amidst the Great Depression, he went on to become a US army veteran having seen active service in the Korean War in his early twenties.

Ron Tonn, whose career in plastics spanned five decades began trading in polymers for American based Muehlstein in the mid 1950’s. He was subsequently sent to the UK to help manage the company’s European arm at the age of 25, which he headed up just a year later.

He was later to establish his own business, Luxus on the 15th January 1965. The name Luxus came from his German grandmother, since she often described him as her ‘Du bist ein luxus kind’ which literally translates as luxury’s child.

At the company’s incorporation, it became his ‘luxury child’ since he didn’t have sufficient finance for such a venture at the time. Luxus was also a preferred brand name adopted by German manufacturers to suggest luxury e.g. The Opal Luxus.

Ron Tonn’s early projects included doing a couple of national TV adverts in front of the camera for major household names Oxo and St Bruno Tobacco. A long term income however, would not come from that route.

Then one day he received a call from an old Muehlstien contact offering him a parcel of substandard polyethylene to sell. He knew instantly how to find a willing buyer and so another offer quickly followed. Both deals realised more profit than he had made in the previous two years - his new venture was born.

His burgeoning plastics recovery business was quickly growing, so he approached a small granulation company Mavelat, to fulfil its custom granulation work. This was done from its factory based in St Albans that was later to relocate to Eve Street in Louth in 1967. At that time everything was loaded by hand out of Louth with a lot of export going via rail.

Peter Laking, engineering and project manager at Luxus recalls those early days: “We always had the upmost respect for Ron. He was never afraid to get his hands dirty, he’d help with the granulator work if needed and wanting to understand everything there was to know about the materials we were using.

“More than that, he wanted to incentivise us all too. In the early days when we were sifting powder, he said “If you can sift 10 tonnes a day I’ll buy you a bottle of whisky!” When we did he bought the team a gallon of whisky – those were of course very different times!”
Ron Tonn often described coming to the UK as his true ‘rebirth’, since it marked for him a fundamental shift from simply trading  plastics in the ‘old days’ in America. Luxus was instead about recovering existing waste plastics by re-engineering material that would otherwise be destined for landfill.

The mantra ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ was gaining popularity in the mid 1960s. The time was right for Ron Tonn’s sustainable ethos. Marking the beginning of what we now understand as today’s plastics recovery industry.

He was later to become a British citizen too, proof enough of his belief in his business and his affection for his newly adopted homeland.

Modernity came when Luxus had the opportunity to purchase nylon scrap from pads used for rail tracks laid on concrete tiles for a ready market in America. This required joint investment in a heavy duty granulator, so a formal partnership with Mavelat began.

Luxus however, was soon to do the bulk of the business so the joint venture quickly became cumbersome for this entrepreneur. Ron Tonn then had to raise the necessary funds to buy out of the Mavelat partnership which he did manage to secure. This as it happens was great timing, just before the 1970’s oil crisis when demand for recycled plastics was to spiral.

In 1976 Luxus was one of the first businesses to buy premises on the Fairfield Industrial Estate in Louth. Ron Tonn continued to manage the business successfully despite the subsequent 1980’s recession before retiring in 1997. His true ‘back to the floor’ approach to decision making has been passed to its present managing director, Peter Atterby.

Peter Atterby, managing director, Luxus, described Ron Tonn as “a dear friend, a great and charismatic man and one of the UK’s few genuine plastics recycling pioneers. Ron created a business that was managed largely by hand in the early days to one that was at the very forefront of technology accelerating with a growing plastics industry. Luxus as a result, became a true leader in its field. He will be very sadly missed.”

The business that Ron Tonn started as a young American entrepreneur turned 50 this year. At its golden anniversary celebration, he paid tribute to his predecessor Peter Atterby, he said: “That man has taken it (the company) such a distance since he took over the reins. It is totally unrecognisable.”

Today Luxus is a £25m turnover business operating in global markets and still fulfilling its founder’s pioneering vision for a more sustainable future.

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UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for 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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Plastics Pioneer Luxus Delivers Recyclite Project Presentation At Auto Interiors Expo 2015
First time exhibitor, technical plastics compounder Luxus delivered a presentation, ‘lightweight recycled polypropylene for tomorrow’s automotive interiors’ on the 18th June 2015 at the Auto Interiors Expo based in Stuttgart. (www.automotive-interiors-expo.com). To view the complete presentatiion click here. /userfiles/download/Dr%20Christel%20Croft%20IAE%20Stuttgart.ppsx

The show has become a ‘must-visit’ for Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers as well as for interior design teams from automotive manufacturers wanting to keep up with the rapidly changing world of materials, finishes and technologies in the cabin. As part of the expo’s ‘Interiors Innovation and Design Forum’, Luxus Project Manager, Dr Christel Croft shared with the audience the aims of its new commercialisation project known as Recyclite.

Dr Christel Croft, comments: “The expo has provided a great platform to showcase the Hycolene™ commercialisation project and the sustainable benefits this technology offers with Europe’s key designers, buyers and suppliers in the very home of automotive manufacturing in southern Germany - Stuttgart.”

Luxus has as part of a consortium recently secured a €1.4m investment co-funded by the EU Eco-Innovation initiative. Its members are injection moulding company IAC for materials trials, twin screw manufacturer Coperion for technical support and Jaguar Land Rover offering end user guidance.

The project will enable Luxus to make a step change in the development of its Hycolene™ range of lightweight (PP) compounds, while also encouraging its wider adoption by Europe’s automotive manufacturers.

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Luxus Shows Next Generation Sustainable Thermoplastic (PP) Lightweight Materials At Auto Interior Expo 2015
~~16th June 2015

UK based technical compounder and recycler Luxus, will be showing on stand (A5126) the progress it’s made on the road towards delivering next generation lightweight and sustainable materials to drive tomorrow’s auto interior innovation - the result is Hycolene™ a new sustainable lightweight thermoplastic (PP) range.

Luxus has as part of a consortium recently secured €1.4m investment co-funded by the Eco-innovation initiative of the EU for its Recyclite project (www.recyclite.com). The aim is to commercialise the development of its Hycolene range of lightweight (PP) compounds with up to 60 per cent recycled content to target’s Europe’s class ‘A’ automotive interior trim market.

Luxus will be collaborating on the commercialisation project with twin screw manufacturer Coperion to help with complex processing, tier 1 moulding supplier IAC for materials trials and Jaguar Land Rover. The automotive manufacturer will be providing end user guidance on the project to ensure the technical requirements are met, allowing exploitation of this technology across future automotive industry applications.

Robert Crow, Group Leader , Materials Innovation at Jaguar Land Rover described the Recyclite project as, “A ‘double win’ because the use of recycled material and lower weight of the compounds are both beneficial in Jaguar Land Rover’s programme for reducing the environmental impact of its vehicles.”

Project Manager, Dr Christel Croft at Luxus will be presenting a seminar on the Recyclite project as part of the Interiors Innovation and Design Forum, ‘High performance lightweight recycled polypropylene materials for tomorrow’s auto interiors’ at 11.45am, on Thursday 18th June 2015 at the Auto Interiors Expo 2015.

The key technical benefits of the Hycolene range are as follows:

• Significant weight reduction - up to 12% per part
• Increased recycled content – up to 60% per part
• Excellent stiffness/impact balance and improved scratch resistance
• Similar dimensions – a drop-in solution and colour matching

Peter Atterby, Managing Director, Luxus explains: “We are pleased that the commercial potential of our Hycolene range has been recognised by the EU. This investment has enable us to effectively make a fundamental step change in our technology as we aim to replace our filled compounds with next generation reinforcing additives.

“These additives offer excellent tensile properties that don’t detract from the appearance of the moulded compound, yet their adoption reduces weight by up to 12 per cent per part and significantly improves scratch resistance to meet industry standards.

“The new grades will also offer a lower density than is currently provided, while still delivering up to 60 per cent recycled PP. The result of all this is that tier 1 moulding suppliers will be able to produce more parts per tonne of the mineral as they will benefit from a much faster cycle time. This will offset the slightly higher price these new advanced grades will require.”

Luxus is preparing a patent application for the new advanced polymer technology process. Its capacity however, to produce these compounds will be limited by access to local sources of recyclate PP. So in the future it intends to license its IP of formulations and knowledge to other selected compounders in the EU who have access source assured PP recyclate locally.
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ST ANDREW’S HOSPICE BENEFITS FROM LUXUS TURNING 50
ST ANDREW’S HOSPICE BENEFITS FROM LUXUS TURNING 50
Staff and Managing Director, Peter Atterby at Louth based plastics compounder and recycler Luxus, recently presented a cheque for £500 to St Andrew’s Hospice representative, Lucy Wood.
The Grimsby based charity cares for people with life limiting illnesses in North East Lincolnshire (www.standrewshospice.com). The funds were raised by staff thanks to a raffle held at the company’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Best Western Oaklands Hall Hotel in Laceby, Lincolnshire earlier this year.
Sarah Coggle, sales office manager, Luxus, explains: "We decided to do something for a local charity and St Andrew's Hospice was chosen by a colleague who has had some involvement with them. The charity was a popular choice and the raffle went down very well, especially the prize of a day off work.
"We'd also like to thank the local businesses who donated prizes. There were many good items on offer, including a meat voucher and a bike donated by J C Cook. We would also like to say thank you to our staff for their support. The hospice touches so many people's lives; it is such a vital facility."
 
 

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