WEB EXCLUSIVE: Borealis of Austria (U.S. office in Port Murray, N.J.) has introduced Fibremod, a new family of long- and short-glass PP compounds for the automotive and appliance industries. Connected to this launch, Borealis announced the start-up of a new long-glass compounding line in Monza, Italy.
The Fibremod family consolidates the former Xmod and Nepol brands of glass-filled PP for automotive applications as well as for white goods and small appliances. Borealis’ proprietary Borstar process technology enables tailoring the compounds’ stiffness for individual applications. An example is the Fibremod solution that was behind Volkswagen’s decision to become the first OEM to switch from glass-reinforced nylon to short-glass PP from Borealis for its air-intake manifolds. Use of Fibremod resulted in a 15% weight reduction, superior acoustic performance, and lower costs.
Long-glass compounds are produced at the new Monza plant by pultrusion to achieve increased fiber length in both pellets and final parts. The glass fibers are typically arranged parallel in the pellets, having all the same length as the pellet itself. Proprietary processing technology reportedly leads to high-quality fiber impregnation and a wide range of fiber and matrix combinations for tailored solutions. The portfolio covers glass contents from 20% to 60%.