Demonstrating its active support for the automotive industry in China was central to Borouge’s presentation at Chinaplas 2011 in Guangzhou, China. Borouge, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, demonstrated how its polymers contribute to vehicle weight reduction, greater fuel economy, lower CO2 emissions and improved production cost efficiency. Together with its Austria-based owner Borealis, Borouge is committed to providing sustainable responses to the demands of the rapidly growing global automotive industry.
Central to its portfolio of automotive application-specific materials is Daplen™ ED230HP. A 20% mineral filled elastomer modified polypropylene (PP) compound, Daplen ED230HP is specially tailored to provide enhanced mechanical, production and in-use performance solutions to vehicle body panels such as side panels, tailgates, bonnets and bumpers, while at the same time being lighter.
The advantages Daplen offers are clearly illustrated by the gains achieved in a full scale production vehicle. For example, the “Smart® fortwo” is the first commercialised car to feature full body panels moulded in PP and was prominently displayed at the Chinaplas exhibition. Previously Smart micro car body panels had been moulded using polycarbonate polybutylene terephtalate (PCPBT), the traditionally specified material for these types of applications.
Among the new criteria specified for “Smart fortwo” were improved environmental performance and higher quality surface aesthetics. The material had to provide for lighter part weight, longer term paint adhesion and offer the necessary dimensional stability to ensure consistent tight-tolerance part reproducibility, combined with easy processing for enhanced production efficiency.
Borealis worked closely with Smart and its Tier One supplier in Europe, providing engineering and simulation support, as well as material development, to facilitate production transition to the more beneficial innovative plastics solution. With the exception of the roof of the car, Daplen ED230HP was selected for all other Smart fortwo body panels, thereby delivering a significant overall weight saving of 15%. This in turn ensures lower vehicle fuel consumption with a consequent reduction in CO2 emissions, adding to the car’s environmentally friendly credentials, a key feature of the cars’ unique selling proposition.
For the convertor, an important feature of Daplen ED230HP is its enhanced flowability and broad processing window, which allows the easy filling of complex shapes and parts with long flow-lengths. Furthermore, easy flow secures a smooth, high quality surface to give excellent long-term paint adhesion. This is complemented by the superior low thermal expansion, which makes it highly suitable for parts requiring zero-gap tolerance. This ensures a quality finish and, when combined with the outstanding impact/stiffness balance of each panel, adds to driver and passenger safety.
In order to develop innovative plastics solutions in close cooperation with its customers in Asia and ensure reliable deliveries, Borouge has invested in a compounding plant in Shanghai and an Application Centre dedicated to tailoring application-specific solutions for customers. With the automotive market in China becoming the world’s largest in 2010, Borouge is increasingly well positioned to contribute to the growth of China’s automotive industry far into the future.
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Borouge is a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions. A joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil and gas companies, and Austria based Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, Borouge is a groundbreaking international partnership at the forefront of the next generation of plastics innovation.
Borouge has its headquarters in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore, employs approximately 1,600 people representing more than 40 nationalities and serves customers in more than 50 countries across the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Indian sub-continent and Africa.
Building on Borealis’ unique Borstar® technology and experience in polyolefins for more than 50 years, Borouge provides innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems, and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets.
In 2010 Borouge tripled its annual production capacity in Abu Dhabi to 2 million tonnes and an additional 2.5 million tonnes per year is scheduled for completion by the mid of 2014 to create the world’s largest integrated polyolefins plant. Borouge is also investing in plants and logistics hubs in Asia and an Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi. Today Borouge and Borealis manufacture over 5.4 million tonnes of polyethylene and polypropylene annually. Focused on Value Creation through Innovation they ensure that their customers throughout the value chain, around the world, can always rely on superior products and security of supply.
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