Sabic’s Composite Materials Feature in New Automotive Applications

Sabic’s Composite Materials Feature in New Automotive Applications

Use of Sabic Innovative Plastics' composite materials has contributed to a weight reduction in both Land Rover and Chang'an new vehicles.

Land Rover estimates that the new Range Rover Evoque is capable of a sub- 130g/km carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions level. The automaker applied a range of advanced lightweight materials to make the Evoque the lightest Range Rover ever at just under 1,600kg. Land Rover used Stamax long glass fibre polypropylene (LGFPP) from Innovative Plastics for the instrument panel and inner door modules, as well as several resins for various applications to support improved fuel consumption and lower emissions, such as Noryl GTX resin for the front fenders and Xenoy iQ resin for the pedestrian energy absorber.

Sabic's work with Land Rover and its suppliers demonstrates the benefits of using lightweight, high-performance thermoplastic materials to meet global regulatory requirements and consumer expectations for reduced environmental impact. The cross-coupe is described by Land Rover as a "step change in delivering reduced CO2 emissions."

"We are delighted to showcase the new Range Rover Evoque cross-coupe with our advanced lightweight materials at Chinaplas," said V. Umamaheswaran (UV), Director of Automotive Products and Marketing, Innovative Plastics. "Our team at Innovative Plastics is proud to have played a part in providing Land Rover and its tier suppliers with lightweight and environmentally progressive plastic solutions that have helped to set new standards for fuel economy and CO2 emissions in the premium compact SUV segment."

Sabic has also been used in Chang'an Automobile's CX30 vehicle which has a composite front-end module using Sabic Stamax long glass fibre polypropylene (LGFPP) resin, cutting part weight by up to 40 percent and total vehicle weight by about four kilograms.

"We take a great deal of pride in having worked closely with Chang'an to advance both the design and production of the new CX30," said Lisa Tang, General Manager for China, Automotive, Sabic. "This project exemplifies the technical competency of our team in China and the ability to apply our expertise to help automotive OEMs innovate and take advantage of opportunities for reduction in both weight and cost by using our Stamax LGFPP resins."

Publication date: 31/05/2011

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