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Trinseo develops lightweight ABS LGF for Semi-Structural Automotive Parts

Trinseo has established itself as a global material solutions provider and is into manufacturing of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber. It has recently made an announcement regarding its innovative lightweight plastic which is a perfect substitute for metal in semi-structural components. Not only this, but it also provides around 30 percent weight savings compared to magnesium or aluminum.

The Company is going to exhibit its new long-glass-fiber-reinforced acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS LGF) alloy at VDI’s Plastics in Automotive Engineering (PIAE) conference to be held in Germany this month.

Going by the records, car makers have always preferred conventional steel, magnesium, or aluminum in order to have stable and reliable materials for structural components.

Trinseo’s new ABS LGF has enabled high dimensional stability and high stiffness. Thus, makes it an appropriate lightweight alternative for semi-structural components. As a structural polymer, the ABS LGF composite offers not only lower weight than magnesium, but also low VOC and low odor properties, and enables faster production cycle times.

Performance of Trinseo’s new ABS LGF has been witnessed by all after serving as an alternative to magnesium in an instrument carrier in the new BMW 3 Series. Trinseo has worked in co-operation with Tier One supplier Draxlmaier for the sake of optimizing the behavioural aspects of the material in terms of stiffness, warpage, crash and head impact. Thereby, it builds narrow tolerances and stability of the final component.

Norwin Van Riel, Technology Leader at Trinseo says: “With this new ABS LGF alloy product, we have developed a thermoplastic composite that combines high stiffness over a broad temperature range with high dimensional stability, which facilitates lighter weight designs in comparison to aluminum and magnesium. Automotive manufacturers are increasingly looking to reduce vehicle weight without affecting stability. Our new lightweight plastic solution offers an easy processing and lightweight solution.”

Trinseo will showcase its latest material solution in association with Draxlmaier at VDI’s Plastics in Automotive Engineering conference. This joint venture is titled “30% weight savings and process improvement with a new LGF ABS Alloy material replacing metal for an instrument carrier and enabling a high dimensionally stable part”. Moreover, its dedicated to cooperative development of an innovative lightweight semi-structural automotive part. The presentation will also clarify how the new material leads to enhancements in the existing manufacturing process.

» Publication Date: 04/04/2019

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