Delivering Automotive Lightweighting Solutions

Monday, August 22, 2016

Trinseo automotive resins – including PULSE™ GX Resin solutions – contribute to manufacturer’s lightweighting efforts. Lighter vehicles designed with Trinseo automotive resins deliver increased fuel efficiency while responding to recycling needs for improved environmental stewardship.

Largely driven by legislation in Europe and the U.S. that aims to increase fuel economy, the automotive marketplace now demands lightweight solutions for car interiors and exteriors. And Trinseo Automotive delivers.

With innovative technology, extensive experience, and dedicated engineers across the globe and at its global Application Engineering & Design Centre (AEDC), Trinseo collaborates to develop advanced automotive resins for lightweighting solutions.

The family of PULSE™ Resins from Trinseo is one lightweighting solution that enables manufacturers to meet increased fuel efficiency requirements, reduce costs, and assist in making a positive environmental impact. One example is PULSE™ GX50 Resin, which is specially blended for use in unpainted applications such as interior panels. Along with eliminating the need for painted parts and requiring fewer production steps, this automotive resin offers proprietary UV stabilizing technology and a four percent decrease in density. It also reduces part costs by up to 50 percent, according to auto manufacturers and their suppliers.

The lift-gate is another application where Trinseo automotive resins deliver sought-after properties that enable lightweighting: stiffness, dimensional stability, and thermal resistance. By replacing steel and aluminum with ENLITE™ Structural Polymers – Trinseo’s polypropylene long glass fiber or glass fiber alloy materials – in a complex lift-gate, manufacturers can achieve up to a 10 percent weight reduction and the option to recycle the parts.

Ultimately, lightweighting increases fuel efficiency, which decreases carbon dioxide emissions and is better for our environment. Learn about even more lightweighting solutions.

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