Trinseo Automotive launches the ENLITE™ line of structural polymers targeted at semi-structural applications, which underlines its commitment to innovative solutions in lightweight technologies for external and internal automotive parts.
“Trinseo’s team at its Application Engineering and Design Centre collaborates closely with our customers from the design stage onwards on current and future challenges in the automotive industry by offering a complete range of resins for lightweight technologies,” said Anis Tebib, Marketing Manager for Trinseo Automotive. “Our fully integrated team ensures a regular cycle of innovation, bringing a multi-dimensional, dynamic approach to ensure part optimization. ENLITE™ Structural Polymers are the result of a clear focus in research and development on structural polymers for semi-structural applications in cars.”
Specifically, Trinseo Automotive will focus on two lines for semi-structural applications, ENLITE™ Long Glass Fiber Polypropylene (LGF-PP) and ENLITE™ Glass Fiber (GF) Alloys. These are the first of many glass fiber products from Trinseo, providing automotive manufacturers with a broad range of solutions for the challenges they face.
ENLITE™ Structural Polymers use technologies that can replace existing materials such as steel and aluminum with lighter, globally available, cost-efficient solutions. Trinseo Automotive is exploring further solutions to offer automotive manufacturers a broad range of ENLITE™ products and global semi-structural solutions in the near future and for years to come.
Typical target applications of ENLITE™ Structural Polymers are lift-gates and front-end modules. ENLITE™ LGF-PP is used for both lightweight solutions in the new Renault Espace 2015. This innovation is part of a long-term collaboration between Renault and Trinseo Automotive, which began with a real serial life solution in the Renault Clio.
The Renault Espace front-end module and the Renault Espace liftgate offer a 10% weight reduction versus conventional steel solutions.