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Plastics Breakthrough in External Parts

SpecialChem / Nov 22, 2007

At its Innovations Center in Linz/Austria, Borealis develops customer applications in the automotive manufacturing sector and other segments. 270 people are employed here developing solutions based on polypropylene. In the coming year the Center is to be extended to 400 engineers. Polymotive talked to the Application Marketing Manager, Klaus Maureder. Maureder: First of all the tailgate flap on the Renault Modus with a Class A surface requirement and small gap dimensions in relation to the bodywork. One highlight is, however, definitely the BMW X5 wing module complete with integrated headlamps and very good pedestrian protection. You have already run a report on this. But a similar major success for us is the overall plastic external skin of the Smart for two. In this application 26 kg PP per automobile is used. One of my favourite examples. This is the first time that PP has been used as an alternative in HGV manufacture. The front trim that Iveco is now using consists of two carriers and one visible section.

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