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A spotlight on Lamilux, the brand shielding your motorhome from UV damage

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For your motorhome to keep pace with your adventures, you need the best and when it comes to windows, the name to know is Lamilux

Here, we take a look at the German brand supplying motorhome manufacturers with its award-winning Sunsation® material, as well as what this means for you.

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All pictures courtesy of Lamilux

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How GRP is made

Lamilux factory

Have you even wondered how a motorhome is made? If you have ever been lucky enough to walk around a motorhome factory, you will appreciate just how complicated and intensive it is to create a coachbuilt motorhome. Thousands of components go into the construction of a leisure vehicle, but one of the most overlooked ones is the one you see and that’s the GRP outer skin. We talk to German company, Lamilux, about its market and a new product...

At these factories, visitors can’t fail to notice massive rolls of shiny white flexible GRP material that is used to create the motorhomes’ (and caravans) outer walls and roofs.

It is likely these rolls, as well as many of the materials for the floors, were made by Lamilux, a German supplier that has just launched a new product to solve one of the major cosmetic issues affecting motorhomes as they age.

Markus Baecher, Marketing Manager at Lamilux, says,

 

We are not satisfied until we are able to reliably deliver uncompromising, flawless quality.


Fighting UV ageing

An Autoquest motorhome, using Lamilux Sunsation

Looking around campsites, it is not just the registration plates that give away how old motorhomes are, it is also how the exterior of the coachbuilt body has faded, which is particularly evident should any of the original graphics have peeled off or been removed. It is this fading – the result of UV damage – that Lamilux says it has solved.

Markus Baecher explains,

 

In August 2022, we launched a new product called Lamilux Sunsation.

Sunsation is the long-awaited revolution and redefines the standard for outdoor applications.

He reveals that it has 20 times higher UV stability compared to standard GRP. In fact, this is just one reason why Sunsation has received a special mention in the German Design Awards 2024.

Markus says,

 

Whether for recreational vehicles, even after many years in the sun, Lamilux Sunsation looks like new and enables maximum value retention for the consumer

It’s not just the enhanced value when you come to sell that Lamilux says is the appeal of the new Sunsation, it is also the reduced work required to clean and shine a motorhome that has used Sunsation on its outer shell. A surface that doesn’t fade and retains its gloss, does not need to be waxed for preventive protection or subsequent repair. According to Lamilux, this means 90% less effort and expense for waxing.

Markus explains,

 

To sum it up: more fun, less time to care and higher resale value... From now on, you have the choice to get the world’s most UV- resistant composite material keeping your investment looking like new!


Who is Lamilux

Markus Baecher, Marketing Manager at Lamilux

Lamilux Composites GmbH, to give it its full name, is a family-run German business with a heritage going back over 100 years, nearly 70 years of which have been in the production of glass fibre-reinforced plastics. It supplies companies around the globe in a wide range of sectors, but its main business is supplying the leisure vehicle industry with these high-strength, lightweight composites that have revolutionised production over the last number of decades.

Markus explains,

 

Normally we can deliver within six to nine months.

We are the European market leader in the production of GRP composites for the leisure vehicle industry. That means you can be sure that you have already seen Lamilux in caravan and motorhome manufacturing facilities.

As it is Europe’s largest supplier, it is a fair bet your coachbuilt motorhome used its products in its construction, although Markus will not confirm exactly which manufacturers Lamilux supplies.

What makes Lamilux so attractive for manufacturers is not just its scale and range of products, but also that its products are exactly what the motorhome and caravan makers – and their customers – want.

Markus says,

 

Our GRP skins are used both internally and externally in side walls, roofs, doors, curved structures and flooring, such as non-slip flooring in rear external storage lockers.

And Lamilux supplies rolls, which have up to 300m of GRP on them, in various thicknesses and widths, as well as in a range of colours and metallics – ever wondered where those coloured coachbuilt bodies that exactly match the base vehicle cab’s colour come from?


Testing

In Germany, TÜV – a testing and inspection service – tests, reviews and regulates products and technologies. Its certification and approval is considered the gold standard and is recognised throughout the world. Lamilux is TÜV approved – the only supplier in its sector to have achieved this approval.

The company’s in-house research and development department uses modern laboratory equipment and simulation environments to design composites through all stages in their development, production and lifecycles to automotive standards.

Markus says,

 

We are not satisfied until we are able to reliably deliver uncompromising, flawless quality.

The main approval to the manufacturers as well as end customers is that we rigorously test all our materials to ensure that they are ready for any daily requirements.


What does this mean for you?

The Lamilux Sunsation

But, while this is all very interesting, how is this relevant to you? After all, it is manufacturers who decide which supplier they use, not the end buyer.

But buyers can – and do – influence which suppliers a manufacturer uses, says Markus.

For example, buyers will favour one base vehicle over another or will look for a model with an Al-Ko chassis or Alde heating. By asking for these elements, buyers influence what suppliers a manufacturer will use and, taken to its conclusion, if a model doesn’t have the elements buyers want, but another model does, then they will effect change with their purchase decision if enough decide to buy the competitor’s model.

So, while Lamilux only supplies manufacturers, buyers can – and are encouraged to – ask their dealer whether the side walls, for example, are Lamilux and whether it includes the new Lamilux Sunsation. Markus encourages buyers of new motorhomes to ask for Sunsation because, he says, it is the world’s most UV-resistant GRP face sheet and a revolutionary development in the world of leisure vehicles.

He says,

 

No colour change, no loss of gloss and no colour difference after removal of decals from the surface: Lamilux Sunsation sets a new benchmark in the quality standard of glass fibre-reinforced plastics.

In artificial weathering tests... Lamilux Sunsation demonstrates absolute resistance. Even after 15 to 20 years of real weathering, Lamilux Sunsation retains its rich colours and maximum gloss. The results of the tests confirm the revolutionary development for GRP exterior applications... Ask your dealer for Lamilux GRP and especially for Lamilux Sunsation.


 

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