Compounds, Conference for Automotive Thermoplastic Composites

Originally titled 'New Compounds, Conference for Automotive Thermoplastic Composites'

Borealis expands its Fibremod technology portfolio and Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive 2016 calls for papers.

Borealis expands its Fibremod technology portfolio and Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive 2016 calls for papers. 

 

With the ever increasing demands for improved fuel economy, carbon-fiber reinforced plastics—pioneered by the aircraft industry and having found a niche in high-end sports cars and motorsport vehicles—are finding their way into everyday passenger cars. Moreover, a new sense of urgency for lightweight construction has been created by pending updates to the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard, which will increase the mileage of new car models from 39 to 60 miles per gallon by 2025. In Europe, proposed EU regulations will reduce CO2 emissions for new cars to 95g/km on average by 2020.

 

OEMs and Tiers continue to allocate a high proportion of their R&D budgets to develop new ideas for lightweight construction in high-volume car production. As such, it’s no surprise to see more and more resin suppliers and compounders expanding their offerings in thermoplastic composites, with glass, carbon fiber, and hybrids to meet this demand, particularly in the automotive arena.

 

Borealis of Austria (U.S. office in Port Murray, N.J.), for example, has just announced an expansion of its Fibremod technology portfolio with the addition of carbon-fiber reinforced PP compounds geared primarily to automotive. The company first launched Fibremod in late 2013 with its series of long- and short-glass PP compounds for the automotive and appliance industries.

 

Three new grades now augment the company’s Fibremod portfolio:

 

• CB201SY is a 20% carbon-fiber reinforced engineered PP, which boasts a maximized performance strength-to-weight savings ratio.

 

• CB301SY is a 30% carbon fiber reinforced engineered PP that reportedly provides up to 40% weight savings potential when compared to other lightweight materials currently in use.

 

• CB401SY is a 40% carbon-fiber reinforced engineered PP that is said to provide ultra-high stiffness, thus enabling lighter weight, high-performance plastics applications.

 

Borealis sees these new grades as especially suited for applications such as chain adjusters, pump housings, headlamp housings, oil pans, seat frames, arm rests, gear shifting gates, and sunroof frames. Also being explored are applications in structural parts in interiors and underhood applications, as well as motorcycle parts.

 

“Building on our proven track record of creating value through innovation, we are going to offer a new generation of high-performance lightweight materials through the extension of our cutting-edge Fibremod technology portfolio,” says Nicholas Kolesch, Borealis’ head of marketing for automotive.

 

He noted that because carbon-fiber reinforced PP grades are by nature complex, they require extensive engineering. For this reason, Borealis developed computer-aided methods to predict fiber orientation and distribution, thus allowing for an integrative simulation of the final application performance. The company says it has also established state-of-the-art testing methods and standards for fiber-reinforced PP and is fully committed to further enhancing its modeling and simulation methodologies.

 

Conference Addresses Thermoplastic Composites in Automotive
Plastics Technology and its Gardner Business Media sister publications CompositesWorld and Automotive Design and Production are now preparing for the 2016 Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive (call for papers here) technical conference (#TCCAuto16) to be held on June 15-16 in Novi, Mich., co-located with the amerimold conference. Our TCC2014 event attracted attendees from a broad range of companies including automotive and agricultural equipment OEMs, Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, material suppliers, molders, technology companies and research organizations. Look for more information soon!

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