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SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business has received top honours at the 2011 Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Awards competition, including the coveted Hall of Fame award and the overall Grand Award, for two automotive applications moulded from its broad portfolio of thermoplastic materials.
In addition, SABIC explains that five other applications were recognised as finalists in other categories.
According to Sabic, these innovative components, ranging from the world’s first all-plastic door module and a lower leg protection system made with sustainable material to a lighter-weight instrument panel, demonstrate the exceptional scope and diversity of SABIC’s thermoplastic portfolio. They say they also underscore the many major contributions of SABIC resin technologies in addressing key industry trends and helping customers achieve top automotive industry goals of weight and cost reduction, design freedom and improved safety.
The awards were presented on November 9, at the 41st annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala in Livonia, Michigan, USA.
“Innovative ways to produce parts on cars are an important factor for OEMs to maintain a strong competitive position in the automotive industry and effectively respond to global trends and challenges,” said Gregory A. Adams, Vice President, Automotive, Sabic.
“We continually strive to deliver differentiated material solutions that meet customers’ changing needs. We are honoured to be associated with so many industry leaders who are raising the bar in automotive application design. We are pleased that our materials are delivering added value to our customers and helping to enable innovation and breakthroughs in the industry.”
The first all-plastic structural door-hardware module, also known as the SuperPlug, from Inteva Products, was the Hall of Fame winner. It replaced 40 separate metal parts with a single gas-assisted injection-moulded part made with SABIC’s Xenoy* 30-percent glass-filled polycarbonate/polybutylene terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin.
“The prestigious Hall of Fame award acknowledges the major contribution Xenoy resin has made to the global automotive industry,” said Venkatakrishnan Umamaheswaran (UV), director of marketing, engineering and technology, Automotive, Innovative Plastics. “The door module concept began with Xenoy PC/PBT resin and has been widely adapted in the industry as the material of choice for this application. As a top global supplier of advanced materials solutions, SABIC continues to dedicate resources and expertise to other innovations that meet the changing needs of our automotive customers.”
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