Borealis, Borouge and Fiat Group continue to collaborate on cutting-edge design and performance innovations.
The new generation Lancia Ypsilon is the latest high-style vehicle model from Fiat Group to embrace bumper and dashboard material innovations from Borealis and Borouge, leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, to support its drive for high quality across its vehicle ranges.
Fiat Group approved Borealis and Borouge’s high-performance polypropylene (PP) Daplen™ EF109AE-9543 for the bumper on its new Lancia Ypsilon model for many compelling reasons. One such reason was the excellent balance between stiffness and impact performance to match the new European crash performance requirements. Furthermore, the good paintability and zero-gap concept achieved through the material’s excellent Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion (CLTE) ensures good continuity with the body of the car for enhanced visual appeal.
For the dashboard, a combination of very good scratch behaviour with very low gloss and outstanding impact behaviour offered by Borealis and Borouge’s innovative grade Daplen™ EE168AI-9533 made it the material of choice for this application.
Close cooperation for more than 15 years
The companies have remained in close collaboration since 1995. Borealis has assisted Fiat Group’s enhancement of performance and aesthetics of its interior and exterior vehicle parts on models recognised for their safety and cutting-edge designs such as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Fiat 500.
A dedicated Borealis team of specialists based at Fiat’s headquarters in Turin, Italy supplemented with long-term support for the car manufacturer’s activities in Brazil focuses on developing grades to meet Fiat’s stringent top-level quality requirements and technical specifications.
“We are very proud of our historical partnership with Fiat and look forward to extending it further with technical and developmental collaboration supporting the Group’s presence in countries such as Russia and China in the future,” comments Gianni Castronuovo, Borealis Business Unit Mobility Senior Application Development Engineer Fiat.
In addition to their aesthetic and performance advantages, Borealis and Borouge’s lightweight polyolefin innovations offer vehicle weight savings when used to replace traditional parts materials, contributing to a reduction in fuel consumption.
To date, Borealis has developed similar materials in cooperation with Fiat for several platforms commercialized under Fiat's brands including Ducato, Alfa Romeo and Lancia.
“Our long-term close association with Fiat Group enables Borealis to bring performance and aesthetic-focused PP solutions to Fiat that support the high quality perception they are looking to achieve, and respond to the broader industry challenge for weight reduction. Our collaboration demonstrates the benefits of our on-going innovation and investment in local support capabilities to add value to the global automotive industry,” adds Harald Hammer, Borealis’ Vice President for Business Unit Mobility.
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 2012). In addition, they are supported by the innovation centres all over the world.
Borealis and Borouge
Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 6.3 billion in 2010, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,100 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 1,600 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 (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™ (waterfortheworld.net) initiative.
Daplen and Water for the World are trademarks of the Borealis group.
Borstar is a registered trademark of the Borealis group.