Louth plastics firm in major motoring breakthrough

Peter Atterby, Managing Director of Luxus demonstrates the plastics recycling process from 'end-to-end'.
Peter Atterby, Managing Director of Luxus demonstrates the plastics recycling process from 'end-to-end'.

LOUTH plastics manufacturer Luxus has made a major breakthrough in reducing the carbon footprint of the European motor industry.

The firm, based at the Fairfield Industrial Estate, has developed a new lightweight polypropylene compound which could save 520,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The compound reduces the weight of the plastic components they produce for car interiors by 15 per cent, meaning a typical saving of 25kg per typical family vehicle.

Car manufacturers are currently feeling the pressure of stringent fuel efficiency targets from the European Commission, with fines to be imposed from 2012 on those not meeting them. They aim to reduce the average emissions from newly built cars from 160g/km to 130g/km by next year through vehicle technology improvements.

The company, founded in 1965 and employer of 140 staff in Louth is the UK’s largest independent technical plastics company.

And Luxus’ new advancement could help ease the headaches for car makers worldwide.

Managing Director of Luxus, Peter Atterby, said: “The impact of EU legislation together with the need for lower costs and improved performance has prompted us to develop a new highly innovative compound able to satisfy the rigorous demands of the automotive industry.”

“We are currently piloting the new polymer with a number of major car manufacturers before it goes into general production on current models,” Peter added.

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