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ExxonMobil’s PP-based Ford F-150’s Head Restraint Wins SPE’s Innovation Award

Published on 2016-01-28. Author : SpecialChem

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The rear seat, folding head restraint of the 2015 Ford F-150 pick-up truck has won the Body Interior Category at the recent Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Innovation Awards. The head restraint eliminates a welded steel structure and replaces it with a single-piece, living-hinge polypropylene core as its main structural component. The polypropylene grade used is ExxonMobil™ PP7855E1 resin.

Thickness is reduced by 33 mm (1.3 inches) for improved comfort and better rear visibility, and mass is reduced by 624 grams (22 ounces) per vehicle. Manufacturing complexity is significantly reduced because five parts are consolidated into one which eliminates the need for special tooling processes. Tooling costs are lowered with the component price reduced $1.50 per vehicle, while still meeting or exceeding all global safety requirements.

ExxonMobil Chemical supplies ExxonMobil PP7855E1 resin to molder Hawk Plastics Ltd through its distributor, Channel Prime Alliance. Tier One, Windsor Machine Group supplies the finished head restraint system.

“This application highlights automotive industry innovation in using more plastic to make vehicles lighter, stronger and more fuel efficient. The use of plastic also reduces production costs. Our polypropylene resin helped make it possible,” said Robert Langdon, senior account manager, ExxonMobil Chemical.

About ExxonMobil Chemical

ExxonMobil Chemical is one of the largest petrochemical companies worldwide. Its mission is to provide quality petrochemical products and services in the most efficient and responsible manner to generate outstanding customer and shareholder value while remaining committed to the principles of sustainability.

Source: ExxonMobil Chemical

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