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Battery pack and rear quarter window cited as top automotive plastic innovations

Sabic Innovative Plastics : 31 October, 2012  (Special Report)
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business today commended Ford Motor Company and PSA Peugeot CitroŽn Group for innovative use of the supplier’s thermoplastic materials in two separate applications, which were recently named finalists in the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) 42nd-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition.

The Ford Focus Electric high-voltage battery pack is moulded from SABIC’s Noryl GFN resin, which helps give the new electric vehicle extended driving range, greater battery capacity and lighter weight.

Touted as America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle, the all-electric Ford Focus relies on its high-voltage EV battery pack to achieve an extended driving range of 76 miles, fuel economy of 105 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and a fast charge time. Ford selected Noryl GFN resin for the battery housing because the material enables thin-wall moulding to free up space for more battery cells. The combination of thin-wall design and low specific gravity of the Noryl GFN resin reduces weight by 15%. This modified-polyphenylene ether (MPPE) resin also delivers excellent dimensional stability and property retention in demanding environments.

The second application is the rear quarter window glazing for the Citroën DS5 hatchback. Moulded from Lexan GLX polycarbonate (PC) resin, the glazing enables an ambitious three-dimensional design and a 20% weight saving compared to glass.

Rear Quarter Window Glazing.The elegant design of the Citroën DS5 is enhanced by its softly curved rear quarter windows that smoothly integrate an aerodynamic spoiler and roof pillar. Lexan GLX resin enables a 3D design that cannot be executed with glass, and also cuts overall glazing weight by one-fifth. These are the largest rear quarter windows in production, and also the first to use injection-compression moulding to reduce residual stresses. The components benefit from the high cleanliness, weatherability and coating compatibility of this new material.

The Ford Focus Electric’s battery pack is a finalist in the SPE competition's Powertrain category. The Citroen rear quarter window is a finalist in theBody Exterior category. The awards will be presented on 7 November 2012 at the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala in Livonia, Mich.

In addition to the two finalist applications, SABIC materials were featured in four additional award nominations.

The front fender of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) was nominated for groundbreaking two-cavity injection moulding using Noryl GTX resin. Moulding the right and left components simultaneously cuts cycle time in half. The design integrates brackets for the pedestrian energy absorber.

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt portable EV charger, made by Delphi Corp., relies on multiple Valox resin grades, which provide high performance and regulatory compliance.

The 2012 Fiat Panda’s rear bumper beam is the first hybrid plastic/steel bumper system capable of e-coating (electro-deposition coating) by the OEM. It is made from Noryl GTX resin. This approach reduces weight and cost and provides superior energy absorption vs. metal alone.

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan's console cupholder inner doors are the first to use nano talc-filled Cycoloy resin for an interior, moulded-in colour application. The material provides improved heat resistance compared to unfilled acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and PC/ABS, meeting high temperature load-deflection requirements.

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