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02/07/13

Altuglas: a star is born

"Boris Vian's Limousine", the "Limovian" created by Peugeot for Michel Gondry's latest film, "L'écume des jours", is entirely transparent. And it is Altuglas International, a subsidiary of the Arkema Group, who created its body from nanostructured Altuglas® ShieldUp plates. The acrylic glass produced in Saint-Avold (57) combines two components: PMMA and an elastomer structured at the nanometric scale. It is the result of 10 years of research and won last year's Pierre Potier award for innovation.
The Altuglas plates were first heated to 180 °C for about fifteen minutes to soften them, then either vacuum-moulded or blown with compressed air (eight bars of pressure). It took plastics transformer ABP many attempts before obtaining the perfect shape for each part.

And this amazing car, an icon in its own right, has taken centre stage in a new adaptation of Boris Vian's timeless story set in a fantastical and dreamlike world, alongside Chloé (Audrey Tautou), Colin (Romain Duris) and Chick (Omar Sy).

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