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Laser-markable ABS for Household Appliances: ELIX Polymers/BSH Collaborate

Published on 2016-12-09. Author : SpecialChem

TARRAGONA -- Collaboration between ELIX Polymers and BSH Electrodomésticos España to improve the contrast and resolution of aesthetic laser marking on visible ABS components has produced “highly satisfactory” results.

Aesthetic Laser Marking for Household Appliances
Aesthetic Laser Marking for Household Appliances

Cooperation in research and development has helped ELIX Polymers develop special laser-markable grades of ABS, while BSH says it may now extend its use of laser decoration into new areas.

Aesthetic Laser Marking for Household Appliances

The BSH Group in Spain (the B and S stand for Bosch Siemens) has set itself an objective within materials technology and innovation of obtaining technical knowledge and transferring it to real products and industrial processes. For its part, the New Business development department at ELIX Polymers searches for new business opportunities through what it calls Responsible Innovation.

Antonio Prunera, head of Quality and Business Development at ELIX Polymers, said:
“The collaboration between the two companies has allowed us to identify parameters that produce the best results using the various laser technologies currently on the market and to develop ABS formulations that improve the aesthetic marking quality using these technologies”.

According to Andrés Escartín, head of Industrial Process Innovation at BSH España, the results obtained during the project have surpassed initial expectations.

Andrés Escartín said;
“This has allowed us to consider the extension of the aesthetic laser marker to a greater number of plastic parts in household appliances, reducing the subsequent painting or screen-printing stages, saving on post-treatment costs and reducing the environmental impact of the treatments. Both we and ELIX Polymers are highly satisfied with the results obtained during the collaboration carried out this year.”

The two companies are now planning to work on other collaborative projects.

Antonio Prunera added:
“Two companies who are leaders in their respective markets have come together to pool their knowledge in laser marking of plastic parts, and we have fulfilled our joint objectives. The success of this collaboration is now spurring ELIX Polymers on to search for synergies among more companies that want to stand out in the market with innovative high added-value products, and who want to expand their knowledge into more materials and applications.”

About ELIX Polymers

ELIX Polymers is among the leading manufacturers of ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) resins and derivatives in Europe. Operating from its head office in Tarragona, Spain, and with Sales support teams in all key markets, the company is a specialist provider of tailor-made solutions for high quality thermoplastics applications.

ELIX Polymers offers a broad range of material solutions for a variety of industries and applications, meeting the stringent requirements of the Healthcare, Automotive, Appliances, Electronic, Toys and other industries.

About BSH Electrodomésticos España

BSH Electrodomésticos España, which includes the brands Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, Neff, Ufesa and Balay, is part of the European leader BSH Hausgeräte GmbH (BSH), which has around 40 factories and over 56,000 employees throughout the world, including seven factories in Spain. It also has two operations centers in Zaragoza and Huarte (Navarra), as well as its central warehouse, the PLA-ZA Logistics Centre, from which BSH distributes its household appliances to the national and export markets. The central BSH Customer Service center is also located in Zaragoza, from which it provides support services through 290 specialized centers throughout Spain.

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Source: ELIX Polymers
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