Borealis and Borouge, leading providers of innovative, value-creating plastics solutions, support the automotive industry’s drive to reduce vehicle weight and emissions with the very latest in lightweight material solutions to be exhibited on stand 54 at the VDI International Conference “Plastics in Automotive Engineering” in Mannheim, Germany from March 21-22.
Cutting-edge components and under-the-bonnet applications used by BMW and Fiat / General Motors will be showcased by Borealis and Borouge to demonstrate the added value of pioneering Xmod™ short glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP), Nepol™ long glass fibre reinforced PP and Daplen™ materials. Their mechanical properties, sound-dampening advantage, weight reduction potential and processing performance provide global automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier One suppliers with a viable alternative to traditional, higher density engineering plastics.
Exemplary weight-saving and efficiency benefits in the spotlight include:
• Xmod™ GD301FE for pedal and front-end carriers creates a minimum 15% weight saving and 10% lower system cost compared to a polyamide (PA) solution. The high performance, high stiffness, 30% glass fibre reinforced PP offers improved processing and no pre-drying step
• Xmod™ WB300UB for automotive engines is a hybrid (glass fibre and mineral filled) reinforced PP chosen by Fiat for air filter housings. It meets the performance, stiffness and impact strength as well as good surface properties of a PA-based alternative at a lower cost and 16% lower weight, creating an improved sustainability profile
Borealis and Borouge will also showcase a success story with Nepol™ GB215HP, a long glass fibre reinforced PP, used in the instrument panel carrier of the BMW 1, 3, 5 and 7 Series models. The use of Nepol GB215HP enabled a weight reduction of 20% compared to the previously used material as well as 20% lower system costs. Furthermore, it was important for the customer that the material supported the BMW SGI integral foaming injection moulding process.
“Our PP compounds are technically versatile and offer more cost effective solutions and weight saving benefits when compared to traditional engineered polymers such as PA,” comments Jost Eric Laumeyer, Borealis’ Global Marketing Manager for Business Unit Mobility. “They make a positive contribution to meet the industry’s manufacturing and regulatory challenges and support efforts for lower fuel consumption. During the VDI conference, we will demonstrate how our PP materials are the engineering plastics of the future.”
“Borealis and Borouge are committed to delivering the step-change in production and environmental performance that the automotive industry requires from its materials,” adds Harald Hammer, Borealis Vice President Business Unit Mobility. “Through on-going expansion of global supply capabilities and strengthening of our on-the-ground support, we will extend the benefits of our lightweight automotive innovations to customers around the world.”
Borealis and Borouge Mobility Business Units
Borealis and Borouge Mobility Business Units specialise in supplying advanced polyolefin plastics to leading manufactures in the automotive industry. The portfolio of products includes materials for exterior, interior and under the bonnet applications, such as bumpers, body panels, trims, dashboard, door cladding, climate control units, air intake manifolds as well as battery cases. Through close collaboration with our customers, innovative technologies and our extensive product portfolio, Borealis and Borouge have established a leading position in the automotive market across Europe, South America and Asia.
Both companies find that customer-driven innovation is the only way to achieve and sustain progress. Through foresight and focus on customer needs, we continue to provide innovative solutions for the automotive industry that add real value throughout the value chain. We also know the high value that our customers in the automotive industry place on quality and product consistency. We pride ourselves on the performance of our products, and through ongoing investment in upgrades and new plant programmes, we continue to set new records for output efficiency and product reliability.
They believe that responsiveness is the foundation of fruitful customer partnerships. The Business Unit Mobility ensures this through their resources of strategically placed global hubs: Borealis Belgium, Borealis Central Europe, Monza (Italy), two compounding facilities in Brazil, Itatiba and Triunfo and two in China, Shanghai and Guangzhou (end of 2012). In addition, they are supported by the innovation centres all over the world
About Borealis and Borouge
Borealis (borealisgroup.com) is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 7.1 billion in 2011, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,300 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas.
Through Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil and gas companies, the company’s footprint reaches out to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. Established in 1998, Borouge employs approximately 1,700 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.
Building on Borealis’ unique Borstar® technology and their more than 50 years experience in polyolefins, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and fertilizer to phenol and acetone.
Today, Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year having recently completed a 1.5 million tonne capacity expansion in Abu Dhabi. The Borouge 3 plant expansion will be completed at the end of 2013 with a