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Trinseo Automotive Unveils Structural Polymers for Semi-structural Applications

Published on 2016-06-29. Author : SpecialChem


BERWYN, Pa. -- Trinseo Automotive has launched the ENLITE™ line of structural polymers targeting semi-structural applications, which underlines its commitment to innovative solutions in lightweight technologies for external and internal automotive parts.

Metal-replacing Structural Polymers for Cars

Trinseo’s team at its Application Engineering and Design Centre collaborates closely with our customers from the design stage onwards on current and future challenges in the automotive industry by offering a complete range of resins for lightweight technologies,” said Anis Tebib, Marketing Manager for Trinseo Automotive. “Our fully integrated team ensures a regular cycle of innovation, bringing a multi-dimensional, dynamic approach to ensure part optimization. ENLITE™ Structural Polymers are the result of a clear focus in research and development on structural polymers for semi-structural applications in cars.”

Specifically, Trinseo Automotive will focus on two lines for semi-structural applications, ENLITE™ Long Glass Fiber Polypropylene (LGF-PP) and ENLITE™ Glass Fiber (GF) Alloys. These are the first of many glass fiber products from Trinseo, providing automotive manufacturers with a broad range of solutions for the challenges they face.

ENLITE™ Structural Polymers use technologies that can replace existing materials such as steel and aluminum with lighter, globally available, cost-efficient solutions. Trinseo Automotive is exploring further solutions to offer automotive manufacturers a broad range of ENLITE™ products and global semi-structural solutions in the near future and for years to come.

The Renault Espace Front-end Module and the Renault Espace Liftgate Offer a 10% Weight Reduction Versus Conventional Steel Solutions
Fig. 1:
The Renault Espace Front-end Module and the Renault Espace Liftgate Offer a 10% Weight Reduction Versus Conventional Steel Solutions

Typical target applications of ENLITE™ Structural Polymers are lift-gates and front-end modules. ENLITE™ LGF-PP is used for both lightweight solutions in the new Renault Espace 2015. This innovation is part of a long-term collaboration between Renault and Trinseo Automotive, which began with a real serial life solution in the Renault Clio.

About Trinseo

Trinseo is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber. Trinseo is focused on delivering innovative and sustainable solution to help customers create products that touch lives every day – products that are intrinsic to how we live our lives – across a wide range of end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, lighting, electrical, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and tires. Trinseo had approximately $4.0 billion in revenue in 2015, with 18 manufacturing sites around the world, and more than 2,200 employees.

Source: Trinseo

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