19 September 2017
19 September 2017
LANXESS will focus on the sustainable in-vehicle applications of its thermoplastics during the Fakuma trade fair.
“We want to show that our high performance plastics contribute significantly to environmentally and climate-friendly mobility,” says Jan Bender, Head of Marketing EMEA HPM (High Performance Materials) at LANXESS. “We are also presenting ourselves as a competent development partner for applications of plastics in new forms of mobility, such as electric mobility and self-driving vehicles, and are demonstrating possible solutions with our materials.”
The new XTS2 heat stabilisation system (Xtreme Temperature Stabilisation) is a highlight of LANXESS’ booth. This system is designed to increase the continuous operating temperatures of certain Durethan polyamides to over 230°C. The first of this new product line is a glass fibre reinforced polyamide 66 grade, Durethan AKV35XTS2.
“This is our response to the growing trend toward more efficient combustion engines that subject plastic components under the hood to higher thermal loads,” explains Bender.
The new polyamides provide an alternative to costly, heat-stabilised speciality thermoplastics such as fully and semi-aromatic polyamides and polyphenylene sulphide. Possible applications include air intake modules with an integrated intercooler or air ducts near the turbocharger.
Using various exhibits, LANXESS will highlight the great potential offered by plastic-metal-hybrid technology and the Tepex-branded continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites in lightweight automotive design. Lightweight front-end modules with high load capacity produced with hybrid technology will be on show. By way of Tepex exhibits, LANXESS will be displaying serially manufactured underfloor protection panelling such as a centre tunnel cover and engine underride protection that deliver a very high degree of mechanical toughness. A lightweight door module support for a compact-class vehicle and a structurally reinforced front-end with integrated active grille shutters (AGS) will also be on show.
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UK company Prodrive Composites has developed a process for manufacturing recyclable composite components that can satisfy future end-of-life requirements without any compromise in the performance of the original parts. The company says the P2T (Primary to Tertiary) process not only simplifies recycling, but endows a composite material with the potential to fulfil three or more useful lifetimes.