Borouge, Borealis develop compound for plastic car

06 November 2007 09:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)-- United Arab Emirates-based plastics producer, Borouge and its co-owner, polyolefins producer Borealis, have developed a thermoplastic polyolefin compound for the production of full body panels for cars, it said on Tuesday.


The compound, Daplen ED230HP, has been used by German car manufacturer Smart to produce the first commercialised car with full body panels manufactured from polypropylene (PP) - the Smart fortwo.


Daplen ED230HP replaces a polycarbonate polybutylene terephtalate blend (PC/PBT), which is traditionally specified for exterior body panels, tailgates and hoods.


“Smart’s pioneering approach to using PP for full body panels in its fortwo series is a major step forward for the automotive industry and its suppliers,” said Borouge vice president Hu Wei.


“Daplen ED230HP has helped smart tighten up its production process while raising the environmental, aesthetic and safety performance of its vehicle,” added Hu.


Colour is blended into Daplen ED230HP, making it a ready-moulded aesthetic part, and thus reducing post-assembly painting steps and overall production time.


The fully recyclable plastic also reduces overall vehicle weight by 15%, said Borouge.


Fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions are accordingly lowered, adding to the environmental friendliness of the car.


Smart is a brand of microcars and super-minis under the Daimler group of companies. 


Other companies like DSM have similarly advertised the use of plastics in the production of automobile parts.


($1 = €0.69)

By: Joyce Khoo
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