First Aluminum-Plastic Hybrid

Plastic-metal hybrid technology developed by Lanxess Corp., Pittsburgh, for automotive front ends is using aluminum for the fi rst time on the Audi TT.

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Plastic-metal hybrid technology developed by Lanxess Corp., Pittsburgh, for automotive front ends is using aluminum for the fi rst time on the Audi TT. Aluminum yields a 15% weight reduction vs. the steel used in previous hybrids. The Audi front end consists of three sheets of aluminum overmolded with glass-fi lled Durethan BKV 30 nylon 6. It was manufactured by Faurecia in Germany. The new front end is said to improve the vehicle’s driving performance because less weight ahead of the front axle stabilizes the car. Lanxess believes the plastic-aluminum option will become increasingly popular in auto manufacturing. Other potential applications include B-cross members, roof frames, and instrument-panel reinforcements. Tel: (800) 526-9377 • www.us.lanxess.com