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A lightweight solution

With high-performance plastics like Durethan®, Pocan® and Tepex® and innovative solutions, LANXESS is paving the way for the mobility of tomorrow.

 

Worldwide, growing demands are being made of motor vehicles. They are expected to be as light as possible and environmentally friendly. The reasons for this are diverse. Resources are dwindling, while mobilization is rapidly increasing, particularly in emerging economies. At the same time, there is a greater need to reduce climate-damaging carbon dioxide emissions per vehicle. Furthermore, consumers increasingly want more fuel-efficient cars that are also safe, comfortable and easy on the environment.

Lightweight construction is the key to sustainable mobility

Meeting all of these needs presents major challenges for motor vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. Lightweight construction is one key technology for successfully mastering these challenges. No matter how efficient a modern combustion engine is, auto makers can most effectively reduce fuel consumption in both gasoline and diesel cars by cutting the vehicle’s overall weight. High-performance plastics from LANXESS, such as Durethan®, Pocan® and Tepex®, can replace many of the metal parts in cars to help reduce weight and fuel consumption, without compromising on vehicle safety. These modern materials are already used to make both body and interior components, including parts for engines and seating, spoilers and door handles.

Plastics in the body

Yet Durethan®, Pocan® and Tepex® are not only lighter than steel and aluminum; they can also be combined with many other materials, such as metal. Thanks to LANXESS’s innovative hybrid technology, it is possible to manufacture high-strength, load-bearing components. Furthermore, when using LANXESS plastics in industrial injection molding processes, numerous functions can be integrated into hybrid components to reduce assembly costs. Another advantage that opens up new application options: High-performance plastics from LANXESS are resistant to aggressive biofuels.

 

But today’s hybrid or plastic components are not just functional; they also offer optical features, as illustrated by an all-plastic brake pedal with an insert made of LANXESS’s Tepex® dynalite. It was recently awarded first place in the “Body Interior” category of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Awards, which are among the most prestigious innovation awards for the automotive industry and its suppliers. The safety component is used in the Porsche Panamera NF and the Bentley Continental GT. It was developed by BOGE Elastmetall GmbH, a global specialist in vibration control technology and lightweight components for the automotive industry, in collaboration with LANXESS’s High Performance Materials business unit.

 

“Special recognition was given to the fact that the brake pedal weighs about half as much as a comparable steel design. It can also be manufactured in large-series production using a cost-effective one-shot process, and meets the high load requirements thanks to the Tepex® insert,” explains Ulrich Jecmeniza, a lightweight construction expert at Bond-Laminates GmbH, the LANXESS subsidiary that develops and manufactures Tepex® continuous fiberreinforced thermoplastic composites.

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Sebastian  Röhrig

Sebastian Röhrig
Head of Corporate Responsibility

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