06 October 2008
06 October 2008
To meet increasing demand from the automotive industry for lightweight, high performance long-glass-fibre (LGF) composites, Sabic has made Stamax polypropylene (PP) LGF resins availabile worldwide.
Sabic Stamax are used by European automakers to replace steel in key components such as front-end modules and door modules, offering light weight solutions for improved fuel efficiency and emissions reduction, together with system cost savings through design optimization and more efficient production cycles.
“The Sabic Stamax resin portfolio has enjoyed great success in Europe, and now customers and OEMs around the world are increasingly asking us to make these materials available to them worldwide,” said Greg Adams, vice president, Sabic Innovative Plastics, Automotive. “Our planned global expansion of Sabic Stamax production supports our strategy of delivering innovative material solutions to help automakers deliver more environmentally responsible vehicles without compromising on design freedom.”
To support the global distribution of Sabic Stamax resin, the company is making plans to expand its production of the material in North America in 2009, and in Asia/Pacific from 2010.
Sabic say that their Stamax LGF PP resins are enabling automakers to advance from traditional multi-part steel doors, front-end systems and instrument panel carriers to single modules.
“Modularity in automotive part design continues to gain strong momentum as OEMs and tiers seek to optimize fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and control costs,” said Mark Neville, business unit director, Sabic PP Automotive. “Sabic Innovative Plastics and Sabic PP Automotive are world leaders in developing long-glass-fibre resins and composites that are materials of choice for modular automotive components. By leveraging the Stamax resin portfolio, automakers in all geographies now have a more comprehensive set of options for production of modular systems.”
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