Market-oriented Research & Development

SEGMENT

PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

The Performance Materials segment has launched a product that supports the trend in the automotive industry to high-gloss black body components at the front and rear of vehicles. 

The required specifications focus on mechanical properties: weather resistance, scratch resistance and intensity of shade. The Performance Materials segment is working on a new process to produce MMA from ethylene. This promises highly efficient use of raw materials and energy and sets new standards for the avoidance of emissions and waste. This novel process is already proving its robustness in pilot trials and meets the performance expectations.