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Colour Tone Masterbatch wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2022!

We’re proud and delighted to share the news that Colour Tone Masterbatch Ltd, part of the Luxus Group, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2022. Find out more here.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK. Colour Tone has achieved this award through the development and implementation of our patented Near infrared (NIR) detectable black colourants, which enable the automatic sorting and therefore recycling of black post-consumer mixed plastics. To date it is estimated that this technology has diverted over 10,000 tonnes of plastic from landfill.
 
Simon Atterby, General Manager at Colour Tone Masterbatch ltd, said:
“We are incredibly proud to have received this prestigious award, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team. The management of plastics is, without doubt, one of the greatest challenges we all face as we try to build a cleaner, greener future for the generations to come.”
 
Black plastic is mistakenly perceived by many consumers as a particular problem, due to it being regarded as single use and impossible to recycle. In fact, the polymer itself is perfectly recyclable, however, when coloured in a traditional way, it cannot be recognised by the near infra-red sorting equipment in post-consumer sorting facilities and thus is diverted to landfill. Colour Tone recognised this and, through an innovative approach, developed and patented a product, which allows brand owners to continue to colour as they wish (including black) but via a colouring technology that is optimised for post-consumer sorting, therefore allowing the product to be identified and thereby diverted from landfill and recycled; a sustainable solution for both black plastics and other products which would otherwise not have been sorted.
 
Tony Gaukroger, is one of the original founders of Colour Tone and creators of the NIR product, he said:
 
“We recognised that a fundamental part of tackling the challenge was developing technology that enabled the effective recycling of black plastic, so we applied our years of experience and insight and invested significant time and resources into making it happen. We look forward to continuing to play our part in driving innovation and applying our specialist knowledge to build a cleaner, brighter future for our industry.”
 
Colour Tone’s expertise in this area means that we can offer consultation to customers and help them to adopt more sustainable packaging solutions with reduced carbon footprint, whilst maintaining a competitive price.
 
If you would like to find out more about this achievement, or any other aspect of Colour Tone, including career opportunities, please visit: www.colourtonemasterbatch.co.uk.
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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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Hycolene™ Delivers Positive Results In Next Stage Validation Trial
16th March 2016

A recent materials validation trial for the development of Luxus’ advanced lightweight, scratch-resistant thermoplastics (PP) range Hycolene™ has shown positive results – demonstrating the composite’s potential to be manufactured at full commercial scale in the future.

Two rounds of production tests took place recently, beginning last month at Luxus’ Lincolnshire based in-house Technical Centre and manufacturing plant, followed by further in-depth analysis at injection moulder, IAC’s laboratory. The tests were undertaken on the column shroud and glove box panel – critical ‘A’ grade auto interior components.

The aim was to enable Luxus to optimise both the process parameters and the screw design of its bespoke Coperion 15 extruder to explore the potential for the Hycolene range. Luxus technicians worked in collaboration with Coperion’s team varying the critical moulding parameters that help to define the operative ‘envelope’ for the Hycolene grade 16818.

Dr Christel Croft, technical director at Luxus explains: “These production tests have helped to increase our understanding of the impact of process parameters on Hycolene’s key product characteristics; enabling us to assess its performance against existing materials on a true ‘like for like’ basis. Our intention was to really push the boundaries to help understand better its true performance at limits.”

The trials concentrated on the following criteria: scratch resistance; weight savings; appearance and cycle time. The Hycolene 16818 achieved a substantial weight saving of up to 4.2% against the market’s current lightweight benchmark material. It also delivered improved colour, diminished weld lines and once again, a rapid cycle time for reduced energy usage.

Dr Christel Croft, continues: “We’re very excited about this positive next stage validation for Hycolene following the initial trial in September 2015. The benchmark material we used is excellent itself, which means our results for Hycolene are very encouraging. It confirms our ability to produce the range at full commercial scale with the expected benefits still of weight saving, excellent scratch performance and the high quality appearance demanded by OEM’s for ‘A’ grade applications.”
 
Hycolene is a faster cycling range of scratch resistant, lightweight (PP) compounds that help deliver improved Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), featuring 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.

Luxus announced in 2015, that it had as part of a consortium 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.

For further information please visit www.recyclite.eu

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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 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 And Polypipe Support The Next Plastics Generation With Apprenticeship Scheme
20th January 2016

 
Industry leading technical compounder and recycler, Luxus and its partner plastics piping manufacturer Polypipe have launched a ‘Compounding Polymer Apprenticeship’ scheme to help solve the ‘skills gap’ in the plastics industry.
 
The first group of three apprentice technicians – Callum Ely (16), James Laurence (22) from Luxus and Kamil Ostrowski (22) from Polypipe have begun the new two year multi-site apprenticeship in polymer processing. It is delivered in partnership with training provider, Solutions4Polymers and funded by Cogent.
 
The new scheme is part of the Government’s ‘Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards’ initiative launched earlier this year. Its aim is to help develop apprenticeships in direct consultation with employers to ensure that training is directly relevant to industry needs.
 
The long standing industry partners, Luxus and Polypipe decided to be ‘early adopters’ of this initiative as there is a genuine lack of apprenticeships and training dedicated to polymer processing - particularly at the sub degree level. The new scheme will offer therefore an effective means of developing the skills of their workforce.
 
Simon Thompson, Quality Manager at Luxus, comments: “We are really pleased to offer this new scheme to our technicians. It has been widely reported that we are facing a chronic skills shortage in engineering talent in the UK, which is particularly acute in the plastics industry.
 
“This partnership with Polypipe will benefit the apprentices from both businesses. They will be able to learn about the various types of thermoplastics and their processing characteristics in our ‘state of the art’ Technical Centre right through to subsequent processes; such as injection moulding to develop the finished pipe component at Polypipe’s Horncastle plant.
 
“It will not only help ensure the availability of skilled staff in the future, but most importantly, it will provide the opportunity for us to award the progress our apprentices make too.”
 
Andy Barnard, Managing Director at Solutions4Polymers, said: “Although engineering training is well catered for, we have seen the need for industry specific plastics processing training in the market. We are therefore, pleased to help develop a scheme from scratch and are looking forward to seeing their progress over the next two years.”
 
If you are interested in a career with Luxus please visit: www.luxus.co.uk

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For further information please contact: Sasha Stewart, 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 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.

Polypipe Group Plc
Polypipe is the largest manufacturer in the United Kingdom, and among the ten largest manufacturers in Europe, of plastic pipe systems for the residential, commercial, civils and infrastructure sectors by revenue. We operate from 16 facilities in total, and with over 20,000 product lines, we manufacture the United Kingdom's widest range of plastic piping systems within our target markets. We primarily target the UK, French and Irish building and construction markets with a presence in Italy and the Middle East and sales to specific niches in the rest of the world.

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