At IZB auto supplier show starting today, October 6, in Wolfsburg, Germany, Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, is presenting some of its pioneering developments in high performance polypropylenes. These innovative PP solutions meet the industry’s request for lightweight and flexibility as well as aesthetics and unit cost savings:
With Borealis Xmod™ GB306SAF material, Air Intake Manifolds (AIMs) can be moulded for the first time in a high-performance glass reinforced Borealis PP compound. This saves costs and reduces vehicle weight as well as fuel consumption. The Xmod AIMs are used for the 1.4L and 1.6L Volkswagen engines in its Golf, Polo, Seat and Skoda models.
Daimler’s Smart Fortwo is the first car with body panels entirely produced from Borealis’ Daplen™ ED230HP elastomer modified PP (TPO). This innovation reduces the parts weight by 15% while meeting the stringent requirements related to weather resistant paint adhesion, part dimensional stability and production economics.
Borealis Daplen VB4411, a TPO containing 10% mineral filler, was chosen for the VW Touareg bumper fascias, where the customer called for a material with very low thermal expansion and a solution that would yield parts with “zero gap” dimensional tolerance.
Another mineral-filled grade, Daplen EH104AE meets the requirements for the VW Caddy bumper fascias. The grade works in a mould that has been originally designed for another material fulfilling the requirements for high flow and reduced cycle time.
Borealis’ presence at IZB also highlights the company’s ongoing investment in supply capabilities and partnerships to strengthen its on-the-ground support for the automotive market. A new 50,000 tonne compounding plant was just recently inaugurated by Borealis’ joint venture, Borouge and there are already plans to build a second compounding plant in China.
For more information visit Borealis at Stand 224 at the IZB International Suppliers Fair or visit borealisgroup.com/.
Borealis Business Unit Mobility
Borealis' Mobility business specialises 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 has established a leading position on the automotive market across Europe and South America.
Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 4.7 billion in 2009, customers in over 120 countries, and 5,200 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 centers and customer service centers 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 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 1,400 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.
Building on the unique Borstar® technology and their experience in polyolefins of more than 50 years, 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 plant nutrients to phenol and acetone.
Today Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over 4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year. Borouge is currently tripling its polyolefins manufacturing capacity to 2 million tonnes per year (t/y) by mid-2010 and an additional 2.5 million t/y is scheduled for 2013. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain, across the globe, can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.
Borouge (borouge.com) and Borealis (borealisgroup.com) 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.