27 January 2006
27 January 2006
Ashland Specialty Polymers and Adhesives has helped BMW attach a new light-weight carbon fibre reinforced plastic roof to its M3 CSL vehicle.
The BMW M3 CSL features a roof made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is 6kg (13 pounds) lighter than a conventional steel roof. The key to attaching this roof component relied upon a special adhesive to join the roof to the automobile body frame. After testing a number of adhesives, BMW decided that Ashland SP&A’s Pliogrip structural adhesive, a two-component polyurethane adhesive, provided the best solution.
“We’re proud to work with BMW, and to help them bring the M3 CSL to market,” said Hartwig Lohse, Ph.D., European technical manager, transportation for Ashland SP&A group. “Our adhesive technology provided an essential contribution to making this special BMW model a reality.”
The image shows BMW employees attaching the carbon fibre reinforced roof to a BMW M3 CSL.
Scigrip has expanded its agreement with Biesterfeld Spezialchemie to include France and the French territories in Northern Africa, with immediate effect.
Following its strategy to address composites end-use industries specifically, JEC Group is organising The Future of Composites in Transportation, a two-day event taking place on 27-28 June in Chicago.
Dilutec has launched the Colorgel FR LE gel-coat, which complies with the UL 94 (V-0) plastics flammability standard and is characterised by the low emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).