07 February 2012 08:02 [Source: ICIS news]
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The car – known as i flow – has some metal parts replaced by engineering plastics and polyurethanes (PU) reducing the weight of those components by 40-50%, BASF’s senior vice president for engineering plastics in Asia-Pacific, Andy Postlethwaite, said in an interview.
Engineering plastics such as Ultramid® Balance, a polyamide that is 60% renewable raw materials, not only reduces the weight of the car, but also improves its fuel consumption, Postlethwaite said.
The car’s diesel engine, which will be encased in a rigid foam PU system, will further improve fuel consumption and reduce carbon dioxide emission by 6-9g/km, he added.
BASF has identified megatrends such as the use of lightweight and renewable raw materials; the issues of safety, lifestyle and comfort as well as medical applications in the applications of engineering plastics.
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