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ABS Meets Stringent Taillight Housing Requirements

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The Volvo XC 90 taillight housing is made from Lustran H802, an ABS co-polymer supplied by Lanxess. Taillights have a distinctive influence on car styling, and the complex housing structure plays a cr...

The Volvo XC 90 taillight housing is made from Lustran H802, an ABS co-polymer supplied by Lanxess. Taillights have a distinctive influence on car styling, and the complex housing structure plays a critical role, holding the reflectors, brake lights, indicators and fog lights. One of the key properties of Lustran H802, which makes it ideal for housing applications, is its good surface gloss. The gloss strengthens the effect of a thin vacuum-metallized film and thus plays a significant part in ensuring that the housings reflect light exceptionally well. The Lustran grade also has high heat resistance, an important property when the lights are on.

The Lustran material has good toughness, which allows screw inserts to be integrated in the housing, and high flow properties, permitting it to flow into the coutours of the mold and produce the complex prism structure. Another benefit is the material’s weldability to polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), the material used to make the “glazing” for the lights.

Lanxess Corp. 412-809-1516

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