Hall 6, Stand 220 - International Suppliers Fair (IZB) - October 10-12, 2012 Wolfsburg, Germany
Highlights will include their on-going efforts to support the automotive industry in addressing customer-specific and environment-related challenges. Visitors to Borealis and Borouge’s stand will experience the latest developments offering the maximum in mechanical performance in combination with minimum weight and cost-efficiency.
Borealis and Borouge offer polyolefin-based (PO-based) innovations that embrace more sustainable manufacturing for Tier One suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). This is achieved through high-performance and greater cost-efficiency while still meeting requirements for high quality aesthetics in vehicle interiors and exteriors and by offering vehicle weight savings when used to replace traditional part materials. The companies provide the same material-quality produced with the same production technology to customers around the world including growing regions in South America such as Argentina and Brazil, the partner countries in focus at this year’s fair.
Application examples featured at IZB will highlight Borealis and Borouge’s close long-term partnership with the Volkswagen Group. Borealis and Borouge offer high-quality long and short glass fibres compounds and feature an extensive portfolio backed by expertise and know-how, such as the:
• Volkswagen (VW) Golf A7 instrument panel carrier - Borealis’ short glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) GE277AI enables weight reduction in combination with cost-efficiency. The material design supports reduced wall-thickness in combination with foaming technology for high level mechanical performance and a lighter weight component.
• Glass-reinforced PP Air Intake Manifold (AIM) – PP has become the standard-material for non-charged engines in the VW group formerly made from polyamide. Borealis and Borouge are pioneers for the material paradigm shift with Xmod™ GB306SAF, a high performance 36% glass fibre reinforced compound. Xmod GB306SAF received the Frost & Sullivan 2010 Global New Product Innovation Award in the “Automotive under the Hood Plastics” category.
These product highlights will be exhibited alongside further state of the art solutions in interior, exterior and under-the-bonnet applications for recent models of the VW Group including VW Up! door claddings, the Skoda Superb bumper and Audi A3 under-body shielding. New grades from Borealis’ Xmod™ and Nepol™ portfolio of short-glass fibre and long-glass fibre reinforced PP have a much lower density than polyamide (PA), allowing for considerable weight reductions of up to 15% per application. Additionally, overall production costs were reduced through approximately 20% lower energy consumption, more flexible production parameters and the elimination of manufacturing steps.
“IZB is the leading European trade fair for the automotive supplier industry. As a long-term partner to the VW Group, its location in Wolfsburg is significant for us,” says Kai Fehling, Borealis Business Unit Mobility Sales Manager. “Borealis and Borouge have a strong track record for delivering step-change lightweight solutions; IZB puts us at the heart of discussions on how the latest trends and innovations impact the industry.”
The co-operation strategy with VW is part of Borealis and Borouge’s on-going steps towards offering true global support to its customers. At IZB 2012, Borealis and Borouge will demonstrate how a worldwide product nomenclature and global network of production and support facilities in emerging automotive markets such as Brazil are contributing to constant and consistent material supply and technical service to different parts of the world. Borealis has been operating PP compound production sites in Brazil for more than five years in Itatiba and Triunfo. Both locations are in close proximity to the major automotive sector bases of São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
“Borealis and Borouge are committed to a global presence in the automotive industry and we are constantly exploring opportunities to strengthen our on-the-ground support as well as global supply options,” comments Harald Hammer, Borealis Business Unit Mobility Vice President. “We want to be best placed to create the added-value our customers in this sector need. Running operations in countries such as Brazil, where automotive demand is on the rise, gives a solid base to improve our competitiveness and position as a leading and trusted supplier to automotive Tier Ones and OEMs, he continues.”
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.
Borealis and Borouge
Borealis 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 further capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) being fully operational in mid-2014. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain and across the globe can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.
Borouge and Borealis are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and proactively contribute to addressing the world’s water and sanitation challenges through their Water for the World™ initiative.
For more information visit borealisgroup.com | borouge.com | waterfortheworld.net.
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