New A. Schulman RD Compounds Help Reduce Vehicle Weight and Carbon Footprint
A new EU legislation sets mandatory CO2 emissions-reduction targets for new cars. This legislation is the cornerstone of the EU’s strategy to improve the fuel economy of cars sold on the European market. Similar targets have been set for new vans.
OEMs are therefore forced to reduce weight to reduce CO2 emissions, in order to avoid penalty payments. Besides the regulatory aspect, lightweight solutions offer the potential to increase the range of electrically powered vehicles.
A. Schulman has been innovating advanced solutions to meet these new targets and to reduce the weight of vehicles, focusing on three main areas:
A. Schulman recently launched a series of Schulamid® PA and Polyfort® PP compounds for use in automotive applications. The newly developed “RD” (Reduced Density) grades offer a weight-saving potential of up to 26 percent. Due to the usage of innovative filler systems and intelligent polymer blends, the RD grades fulfill the highest technical requirements. Some of these material solutions can be used directly, without any changes in tool design or in equipment, which represents important savings for the OEM. In addition to the lightweight aspect, a carbon footprint reduction of up to 59 percent can be achieved by using A. Schulman’s RD compounds.
- Finding the right material for every single application with regard to low density
- Developing high-performance materials with improved flowability that supports thin-wall technology
- Reducing material density and improving technical properties
A. Schulman is partnering with 3M to develop solutions with reduced density, by compounding 3M™ Glass Bubbles.