14 January 2007
14 January 2007
GE’s resins and newest composite technologies are some of the key lightweight materials that helped GM to reduce mass on their new electric concept vehicle, the Volt.
GE participated in General Motors’ unveiling of its newest concept vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, here at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). GE Plastics, in partnership with Azdel, premiered its own version of composites made with Xenoy iQ resins on the Volt doors and hood. The composite addresses three critical environmental concerns: conserving energy, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and up-cycling or regenerating post-consumer waste such as polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles.
Amanda Roble, executive director for GE Plastics’ Automotive business stated: “On the Volt, the fender, window glazings, instrument panel, and steering wheel can each offer from 30 to 50 percent weight reduction per part.”
“The distinctive styling of the Volt was the result of allowing the GM design team to explore unique and elegant new possibilities made possible by GE's alternative materials,” stated Robert Butterfield, global market director for Design Innovation at GE Plastics’ Automotive business.
GE Plastics played the role of a strategic partner in enabling the design and development of the Chevrolet Volt, by contributing the key materials technology to reduce part weight up to 50 percent and design engineering support to help position the vehicle as a way to help the world diversify its energy sources and to reduce the dependence on petroleum.
Saertex is introducing two new products focusing on fire protection.
Sumitomo Chemical reports that its polyethersulfone (PES) micro-powder additive SumikaExcel 5003P boosts fracture toughness and resistance to micro-cracking for fibre reinforced epoxy composites over a broad temperature range without negatively impacting dimensional stability, flame/smoke/toxicity (FST), creep resistance, modulus, impact, or yield strength.
Renault, Webasto, ARRK-Shapers and Polyscope Polymers won the People’s Choice award for the most innovative composite part at the 18th annual Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).