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Solvay Wins SPE Process Innovation Award for BMW M4 GTS Hood as 'Most Innovative Composite Part’

20 September 2016

Solvay Wins SPE Process Innovation Award for BMW M4 GTS Hood as 'Most Innovative Composite Part’

Solvay has received the 2016 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Process Innovation Award for the ‘Most Innovative Composite Part’.

According to Solvay, the award is for the BMW M4 GTS Hood manufactured from Solvay’s materials and processes, in collaboration with C-Con and Läpple. This hood was pressed using Solvay’s new rapid cure thermoset resin system MTRTM 760 which offered 40% weight reduction over traditional materials. This significant weight reduction combined with successful head impact crash tests and functional tests, Class-A finish and the ability to use existing metal stamping assets for composite production made MTRTM 760 the ideal material for the application.

Solvay explains that the material properties enabled a manufacturing process that can produce complex 3D shapes in a cost efficient way. C-Con (development, tooling and system leading supplier) and Läpple (pressing and bonding) worked closely with Solvay and reached automated serial production only 9 months after the start of the project, which is a testament to the great collaboration between the project partners.

“We are honoured to receive this innovation awards from SPE for an application we are very proud of,” said Gerald Perrin, Solvay Composite Materials Global Automotive Director. “At Solvay we are committed to working with the OEMs and their composites part manufacturers to develop materials and processes to enable the volume manufacture of composite structures for serial automotive.”

 


Photo provided by Solvay





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