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Plastics Use Advances in China’s Automotive Market

SpecialChem / Donald Rosato & Don Rosato – Aug 8, 2012

The 26th annual Chinaplas exhibition recently took place in Shanghai. Let's go behind the scenes and take a look at some of the plastics use advances in China's automotive market.

The auto industry is increasingly relying on the superior strength and stiffness of long-fiber reinforcements. Chang'an Automobile Company, one of China's largest automakers, is featuring an all-plastic front-end module on its new CX30 car that uses Stamax long glass fiber polypropylene from Sabic Innovative Plastics to replace steel.

The lower bumper support constructed from Ultramid B3WG6 CR, a fiberglass-reinforced polyamide 6 developed by BASF, can significantly diminish the risk of severe knee injuries in the event of a car collision with a pedestrian is now commercially available in China. Currently available in the Chinese automotive market is a composite pedestrian beam formed from glass-mat-thermoplastic from Quadrant Plastic Composites.

In the fast growing Chinese intermediate vehicle market BASF offers Neopolen polypropylene (PP) foam to absorb impact energy in collisions. Delphi Corporation's ultra-thin wall cable now in use in China was developed from Sabic Innovative Plastics' Flexible Noryl resins in the automotive industry.

Hella is producing for Ford China powerful sensors from high-tech LCP plastics to allow the 'perceived' temperature within the car to be taken into account by measuring the intensity and direction of incident sunlight and ambient light.

Honda has developed a bio- fabric in its new generation fully drivable FCX fuel cell vehicles built in China for the Asian market. Car headliners which contain up to 70% of the total fiberglass...

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