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Ford Selects SABIC's Xenoy iQ* Resin to Manufacture Pedestrian Safety System for its Vehicle

Published on 2011-08-24. Author : SpecialChem

BERGEN OP ZOOM, The Netherlands -- Xenoy iQ* resin from SABIC's Innovative Plastics strategic business unit chosen by Ford for the pedestrian safety system of its 2011 C-MAX multipurpose vehicle (MPV) has helped the automaker earn a five-star rating from the independent safety organization Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program). The C-MAX's pedestrian safety system features a novel lower leg protector/undertray design using SABIC's Xenoy iQ resin. The inherent physical properties of Xenoy iQ resin make it a highly suitable material for the Ford C-MAX's pedestrian safety system. The resin's superior ductility and great impact resistance, when combined with the part design, provide the energy absorption needed for enhanced lower leg impact protection. The resin is also a great fit with Ford's commitment to sustainability as it offers thermoplastic properties with an extremely low carbon footprint. Overall, use of Xenoy iQ resin in this case demonstrate how SABIC enables both environmental responsibility and exceptional performance.

Pedestrian Safety System
Pedestrian Safety System

"We applaud Ford's ongoing efforts to deliver top crash test ratings, and we're pleased that Euro NCAP has recognized the C-MAX model for solid safety performance," said V. Umamaheswaran (UV), Director of Products and Marketing, Automotive, Innovative Plastics. "Pedestrian protection is receiving more attention than ever before from OEMs, the larger automotive industry and society at large. As a result, we are seeing a move globally to new and more demanding standards. We, at SABIC, recognized this trend early on and are in a position to help OEMs with the energy absorption technologies needed to help them meet or get ahead of any new requirements."

Enhancing Pedestrian Protection

Euro NCAP began rating vehicles for the level of pedestrian protection in case of impact in the early 2000s. Euro NCAP testers assess how well each vehicle is designed to minimize head and leg injuries for adult or child pedestrians in various accident scenarios.

The Ford C-MAX lower leg protector/undertray design provides balanced energy management for the vehicle's front end and resilience for controlled kinematics of the lower leg during pedestrian impact with the bumper. Faurecia, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, worked with Ford to design and optimize the pedestrian protection system.

"Xenoy iQ resin enhanced the design and performance of this system by delivering excellent energy absorption properties," said Jordi Martinez Andreu, Engineering Manager, Faurecia Automotive Exteriors. "Thanks to Xenoy iQ resin, it was possible to fulfill the various requirements and, at the same time, deliver a lightweight, high strength solution with eco-friendly characteristics. We are pleased to have worked with SABIC and contributed to Ford's five-star performance in the Euro NCAP tests."

This combination of high strength, lightweight and excellent elongation is not possible with more brittle, glass fiber or talc-filled materials. Another benefit of using Xenoy iQ resin is its resistance to chipping from road debris. Finally, the resin's ease of processing, high flow and low warpage enabled the team to create a large, complex, injection-molded part that incorporates strategically-positioned channels to enable proper air intake to the intercooler.

Minimizing Environmental Impact

In addition to inherent energy-absorbing properties for enhanced safety, Xenoy iQ resin reduces impact on the environment and helps Ford lower the overall carbon footprint of the C-MAX vehicle.

The resin upcycled from up to 60 percent post-consumer plastic waste not only relieves the burden on landfills, but also reduces the amount of hydrocarbon-based fuels needed in the production process. In fact, the Xenoy iQ resin manufacturing process consumes 55 to 75 percent less fossil fuel than other engineering thermoplastics in the marketplace and reduces CO2 emissions by a comparable amount.

About SABIC Innovative Plastics

SABIC Innovative Plastics is one of the leading, global suppliers of engineering thermoplastics with an 80-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers' most pressing challenges. SABIC Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as automotive, electronics, building & construction, transportation, and healthcare. The company's extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. SABIC Innovative Plastics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

About Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world's top petrochemical companies, and is one of the global market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene, advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers. SABIC manufactures with a global footprint in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with 33,000 employees worldwide. It has significant research resources with 18 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, India and China.

Source: SABIC Innovative Plastics

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