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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. PLEXIGLAS® Hi-Gloss NTA-5 meets all these requirements. In view of its balanced properties, this new product is especially suitable for the production of components such as radiator grilles, air vents, trims, mirror housings and pillar trims. The Performance Materials segment is also 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.