PolyOne and Mars Otomotiv Launch Metal Replacement Solution for LED Automotive Lighting Application
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Press release date: October 16, 2013
DÜSSELDORF, Germany – PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, today announced that Mars Otomotiv, a global supplier of advanced lighting systems for the transportation industry, selected Therma-Tech™ thermally conductive polymers to replace metal in the heat sink of LED lighting for construction vehicles, heavy trucks, and trailers. The transition from metal to PolyOne materials helped Mars Otomotiv significantly reduce total part cost, remove weight, and optimize its manufacturing and logistics.
"Mars Otomotiv is an industry leader, and to remain a leader we must continue innovating," explained Abuzer Binici, a director and board member of Mars' parent company, Ayfar Otomotiv. "Working with PolyOne introduced us to the opportunity to replace metal with advanced polymer formulations that can streamline our manufacturing processes and differentiate our products in the marketplace without compromising part performance."
High Brightness Light Emitting Diode (HB LED) lights are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs at transforming electrical power into light, but also generate considerable heat. HB LEDs are sensitive to high temperatures, so heat sinks are often used to ensure optimal performance over time. Metal heat sinks, typically made of aluminum, are common. However, aluminum parts are heavier and more costly to manufacture than specialty polymer solutions.
By manufacturing HB LED heat sinks with Therma-Tech™ solutions instead of aluminum, Mars Otomotiv reduced part weight by more than 30%. Daily production rates were increased by up to 50%, and secondary operations, which were needed for the aluminum parts, were eliminated, reducing cost by more than 20% per unit. Moreover, with technical support from PolyOne, the existing mold, which was used to cast aluminum parts, was able to be modified to mold the polymer heat sinks, eliminating the expense and delay of building tooling from scratch.
"The experts at Mars Otomotiv quickly recognized the innovative potential of Therma-Tech polymer solutions and worked closely with us to complete this project in less than four months," said Holger Kronimus, vice president Europe and general manager, Specialty Engineered Materials, Europe at PolyOne. "This success clearly demonstrates how close collaboration and technical prowess can deliver exceptional outcomes. It is another example of the way that PolyOne helps customers maximize performance and streamline manufacturing operations while also reducing total systems cost."
PolyOne will be showcasing Therma-Tech™ solutions at K 2013, Booth J13 in Hall 8a. Please visit automotive.polyone.com for the full range of advanced automotive solutions from PolyOne.
About Mars Otomotiv
Mars Otomotiv, part of Ayfar Otomotiv Group, is a leader in its industry space. At its facilities in Istanbul, Turkey, it manufactures 700 different products for customers in its domestic market and in more than 50 other countries. For more information, visit www.marsoto.com.
PolyOne Corporation, with 2012 revenues of $2.9 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe, by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises PledgeSM, PolyOne is committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles. For more information, visit www.polyone.com.
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