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(CPRJ Direct) K 2019: Material technologies reaching their peak for future mobility
Source:Source: CPRJ Editorial Team    Editor:Ivy Zhang     Date:23.Oct.2019

The development of plastic material technologies for future mobility has made great progress in recent years. At the K 2019 fairgrounds, a wealth of innovative, high-performance, lightweight and sustainable materials are showcased for a wide array of automotive applications.

Covestro: Interior concept for digitalization trends

One of the driving forces for the development of the economy and society in the coming years is the ongoing digitalization. It's all about functionality, comfort and design, not least also about efficiency.

For automotive applications, the highlight of Covestro at the trade fair is a comprehensive interior concept for future mobility: trends such as autonomous driving, electric drive and car sharing make the automobile a multifunctional, mobile living and working space.

Covestro has developed the concept together with important partners along the automotive value chain. The main features are newly designed surfaces, the integration of ambient lighting, the latest infotainment systems and forward-looking seating concepts.

The exhibits for future mobility from Covestro.

BASF: Innovative materials open up new dimensions

The concept vehicle VisionVenture presented by BASF is a big hit, which is a near-production glimpse into the future of van life co-created by BASF and HYMER.

Using the development expertise of the BASF Creation Center, a new class of van has been created that blazes a trail in lightweight construction, independence, travel experience and design.

More than 20 high-performance plastics and a new painting technology of BASF are used in the concept camper. These impress with a huge range of properties.

Solutions for energy management, thermal insulation and electrical components, a tailored package of measures for preventing noises and vibrations, and more than 100 3D-printed components round off the vision of modern travel.

The concept vehicle VisionVenture presented by BASF.

The VisionVenture's self-inflating pop-top roof is one of the van’s most striking features. It inflates in less than 60 seconds. The Elastollan coating on the roof creates an outer wall that is resistant to water as well as wind and guarantees a peaceful night’s sleep at a pleasant temperature.

The cushions and mattresses in the VisionVenture will also remain pleasantly fresh and cool even on the hottest day. This is down to the temperature-regulating effect of the Elastocoat C Spray Gel, which adheres effectively to all PU foams and can be applied to different mattress surfaces, at different places and in variable thicknesses.

Borealis: Driving tomorrow with innovation

Borealis and Borouge are supporting the global automotive industry by engineering lighter weight, high-performance solutions for a growing range of automotive parts.

Taking centre stage at the joint K 2019 stand is the NIO ES8. The flagship model of the successful Chinese electric vehicle maker NIO unites top material performance and sleek design; numerous interior and exterior parts have been produced using innovative Daplen and Fibremod compounds.

Other automotive highlights at the K 2019 include the launch of the next generation of Fibremod Carbon solutions based on second-use carbon fibre. Two new low-density material solutions, Fibremod CG210SY and Fibremod CD211SY, offer even better surface aesthetics and mechanical properties.

The NIO ES8 and the highlighted centre console structure on display.

LANXESS: High Performance Materials unlocks market potential

“In order to help various drive systems of electric vehicles to achieve market breakthroughs, LANXESS focuses on developing different technologies, from mild hybrid and plug-in hybrids to pure electric vehicles,” Dr. Martin Wanders, Head of Global Application Development in HPM (High Performance Materials) at LANXESS, told CPRJ.

The Orange series of high-performance materials isspecially exhibited at K 2019, which is mainly used in high-voltage equipment of electric vehicles. The orange color indicates the possible dangers to the operators and reduces the possibility of safety accidents.

For example, the heat-stable modified engineering plastics Durethan 8KV30FNOO (PA6), due to the reinforcement of 30% glass fiber, have good mechanical properties, halogen-free and flame retardant properties, and are currently used in the production of battery packs for BMW electric vehicles.

The Orange series of high-performance materials on display.

According to Dr. Martin Wanders, as PA66 production is dominated by several major chemical companies, once their productions have an emergency, the supply chain will be affected.

Thus, some of the exhibits are also marked with a red label to indicate “PA6 that can replace PA66”, as PA 6 is an alternative to PA66 in some applications. For example, Durethan BKV 30H2.0 PA6 GF30 material is used to replace PA66 for the production of hoods due to its high impact resistance, stiffness and surface forming effect.

Durethan BKV 30H2.0 PA6 GF30 is used for the production of hoods.

Auto parts made of PA6 as an alternative to PA66.

Lightweight is a hot topic in the automotive industry. In terms of lightweight design, LANXESS is mainly engaged in the hybrid structure technology of metal hollow pipes and plastics, as well as the thermoplastic composite TEPEX.

Highly integrated front end module made of TEPEX which can be used for lightweight structural components.

Polyplastics: New grades for high performance and sustainability

Leading engineering thermoplastics global supplier Polyplastics and its subsidiary TOPAS Advanced Polymers GmbH jointly showcase their leading-edge material technologies and products.

The highlights of exhibits include DURACON POM, DURANEX PBT, DURAFIDE PPS, etc.

For automotive applications, the recent launch of DURACON POM grades facilitates the production of injection molded automotive fuel system components.

A new high-flow/high-rigidity POM grade has a melt flow rate (MFR) around 14. This material suits a wide range of molding conditions (cylinder conditions, injection pressure) and is used in Europe.

For electric vehicle applications, Polyplastics has developed new DURANEX PBT and DURAFIDE PPS materials which are targeted for engine peripheral parts such power control units (PCUs), delivering high insulating properties, lower water absorption, and meet harsh operating conditions (-40°C to 150°C, up to 95% relative humidity).

DURANEX PBT for e-changing gun.

DURAFIDE PPS for multi control valve.

Satoshi Nishiwaki, Managing Director of Polyplastics Europe, mentioned that the automotive market in Europe is shifting to e-mobility, and sustainability is a big concern from car brand-owners to OEM manufacturers.

“Therefore, Polyplastics has launched some low-emission POM grades for automotive applications, which can be used to produced car parts with low VOC,” he explained.

In order to provide better technology support to European customers, Polyplastics opened a new technology solutions center (TSC) in Germany, following the TSC in Japan, Shanghai China , Taiwan China , Thailand and North Americas.

“Some of the European customers have operations in China. As Polyplastics has a strong presence in Asia, we will use our global TSC network to support them,” commented Nishiwaki.

Satoshi Nishiwaki, Managing Director of Polyplastics Europe.



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