03 October 2006
03 October 2006
Borealis and BMW have developed a new material and testing solution for BMW instrument panel carriers, which has been awarded a second prize in the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) 10th Automotive Division Award 2006 in the category body interior.
The new grade, called Nepol GB215HP, has been developed to achieve a one material solution for the upper, middle and lower part of dashboard carriers. The customised 20 per cent long glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compound meets a number of characteristics specified by BMW.
The material delivers the stiffness and dimensional stability required to fulfil functional requirements in the finished interiors, as well as providing energy absorption, preventing splintering at heavy impact and improving the safety of passengers.
In order to make it suitable for BMW’s SGI-foam injection moulding technology, Borealis tailored the PP to enable foaming, producing lightweight parts with a well defined cellular structure.
Franz Zängerl, New Business Development Manager Europe, Borealis adds: “The ‘one material solution’ and new testing system for BMW reinforce Borealis’ commitment to long-term investment in supporting customers to meet the manufacturing, performance and environmental challenges of the future. We are delighted to see these joint developments recognised by the Society of Plastics Engineers.”
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