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Clear incentive for automotive lighting competition.

SABIC has announced it will be collaborating with London's Royal College of Art (RCA) as part of a research programme and competition based around its Vehicle Design course.

VISIcON' is an automotive lighting programme and design competition involving more than 30 post-graduate students from the RCA who are researching and exploring how SABIC's high-performance thermoplastic lighting materials and polycarbonate glazing technologies can be applied in practical and creative ways to enhance the lighting and illumination of current and future vehicles.

"The Royal College of Art brings together some of the world's most talented future automotive designers," said Greg Adams, Vice President, Automotive and Polycarbonate Strategy with SABIC's Innovative Plastics business. "We are happy to work with the RCA once again to stretch the technology and design boundaries that currently exist in automotive lighting. We are looking forward to seeing the future of the vehicle through the creative eyes of the RCA's students."

SABIC's selection of materials for automotive lighting include various grades from its Lexan, Ultem, Valox and Stamax resin product lines.

Professor Dale Harrow, Head of the RCA's Vehicle Design course, said that SABIC's materials were a "source of inspiration" to future automotive design. "Through a collaborative program like VISIcON, we can help connect our young designers to the empowering material solutions available from SABIC that can bring their design possibilities to life," he commented.

The VISIcON programme has tasked students from the RCA's three automotive studios to research and explore current and future application of materials, including front, rear and interior lighting. The winning student and design will be revealed at an awards ceremony in May.

SABIC and the RCA previously collaborated in a 2005/2006 programme called PLASTicon in which students developed car design visions based on innovative uses of plastics.


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Date:Apr 1, 2013
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