2010 – Lucite International33


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Students in China apply their design talents to acrylic




Lucite International China (LIC)) has recognised the outstanding talent of students from six top material design institutes (Tsinghua University, Tongji University, East China Normal University, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China Academy of Art and Nanjing Arts Institute) at the Company’s second design competition awards. The winning creation, Lipper by Yanxiang Xu from Normal University of East China, is an innovative piece of furniture, which illustrates the wonderful way that acrylic can be moulded to create smooth curves for comfort while providing strength and stability for its use as a seating structure. As part of the contest, the LIC team visited campuses to talk about the special characteristics of acrylics and the various fabrication processes. And participants visited acrylic manufacturing facilities to get first-hand experience of acrylics being made. LIC worked in close partnership with its customers and downstream partners, who donated free samples and materials. All eight winning models will be on display at ADEX 2010 in Shanghai from 7 July 2010.


The Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award Finalist




Lucite International’s ALPHA technology was one of four top engineering innovations selected from more than 80 entrants as a finalist for the UK’s most prestigious engineering prize – The Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. The award, which was first given in 1969, recognises the successful development of innovative ideas in engineering and aims to demonstrate the important contribution engineers and scientists make to national prosperity and international progress. Ben Harris, who led Lucite International’s entry, attended the award ceremony at London’s Guildhall on 7 June 2010. He said: “The team was very proud to have been recognised at this level. We faced extremely tough competition from a diverse range entries from other sectors and it was an honour to have taken part and to have got so far.”


Clear Perspex® table and tabletop message panels in Perspex® Fluorescent in Lime were created by Inplas, one of the UK’s premier approved Perspex fabricators; www.inplas.co.uk

Spectacular use of acrylic at World EXPO 2010, Shanghai, China




The UK pavilion, called The Seed Cathedral, at World EXPO 2010 is a spectacular example of creativity and innovation being expressed in acrylic. And it has been constructed using acrylic from Lucite International China’s (LIC) customer, Donchamp, based on MMA manufactured at the Company’s plant in Caojing. The Seed Cathedral was designed by leading UK talent, Thomas Heatherwick, and is formed from 60,686 transparent 7.5m acrylic rods containing symbolic seeds, which extend from the structure and move in the breeze. By day, each rod acts like a fibre optic filament, drawing on daylight to illuminate the interior. At night, light sources embedded in each rod allow the whole structure to glow. The Pavilion story is a collaborative effort between UK creative talent, scientists and botanists and has been made real using acrylic. To see more images of this stunning art form, click here or click here.


LIC and its customer partners have worked closely with the World EXPO 2010 project teams, which has also led to acrylic being used extensively in the China and Australia pavilions. The Chinese National Grid and other local organisations have specified the material for construction and signage. And as part of the project, several new applications have been identified.