Automotive


SABIC’s new LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ compounds deliver exceptional warpage control, laser welding capability allowing design freedom for improved signal transmission for ADAS radar covers

To help meet the need for high-performance materials that can optimize the capabilities of today’s higher-frequency (>75 GHz), millimeter-wave (mmWave) radar units, SABIC is launching two new materials, LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ WFC06I and WFC06IXP compounds, for the front and back covers (respectively) of these next-generation radar units.As urbanization propels the development of self-driving technology and broader implementation of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), automotive OEMs and tiers are actively seeking high-performance materials that can optimize the capabilities of today’s higher-frequency (>75 GHz), millimeter-wave (mmWave) radar units. To help meet this need, SABIC is launching two new materials, LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ WFC06I and WFC06IXP compounds, developed for the front and back enclosure covers (respectively) of next-generation radar units. The new glass fiber-reinforced polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) grades offer a very low dissipation factor (Df) and dielectric constant (Dk) to help support the transmission of higher-frequency radar signals. They also feature super-low warpage that allows designers to potentially create new, thinner covers that improve signal transmission. Furthermore, these new SABIC products can contribute to efficient radar unit assembly by supporting high-speed, high-precision laser welding. In fact, LNP THERMOCOMP WFC06I compound provides excellent laser transmission performance among PBT materials currently available.

ELIX Polymers presents its 2020 Sustainability Report with a renewed approach

ELIX Polymers presents its 2020 Sustainability Report with a renewed approach.
(Photo: ELIX Polymers, PR062)
ELIX Polymers has published its 2020 Sustainability Report. This document presents a novel approach compared to previous versions, as it introduces ELIX’s 2030 Sustainability Strategy in order to progress to the full integration into its activity of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contribute to ensuring their fulfilment. The 2020 Sustainability Report has been prepared in accordance with the core option of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, the main international framework of reference for preparing documents of this type.

Solvay Introduces New KetaSpire® PEEK Grade for Precision ABS/ESC Brake & E-Mobility Components

Solvay Introduces New KetaSpire® PEEK Grade for Precision ABS/ESC Brake & E-Mobility Components. (Photo: Solvay, PR002)
Solvay has announced the launch of a new grade of KetaSpire® PEEK, KT-850 SCF 30, designed for precision brake system and e-mobility electronic pump components. The product was developed to provide better sealing performance over standard 30% carbon fiber filled PEEK grades.

DSM and Fibrant significantly reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions for Akulon® PA6 with EcoLactam®

DSM and Fibrant reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions for Akulon® PA6 by 50% with EcoLactam®.
(Photo: DSM Engineering Materials: DSMPR528)In view of the current tightening of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission ambitions in Europe, it is with great pride that DSM and Fibrant announce the accomplishment of a major reduction in the GHG emission of Caprolactam and thus subsequently also of PA6 as produced in Europe by July 2021. The GHG emission saved is estimated to be around 800 million kg CO2 on annual basis. This significant reduction has been achieved by implementing several technology improvements amongst which an advanced N2O abatement program in Fibrant’s Caprolactam production process.

Clariant completes its divestment program by reaching agreement to divest its Pigments business

ClariantClariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced that it has reached definitive agreements for the divestment of its Pigments business to a consortium of Heubach Group (“Heubach”) and SK Capital Partners (“SK Capital”) at an Enterprise Value (EV) of CHF 805 million to CHF 855 million on a cash and debt free basis, depending on an earn-out payment of CHF 50 million contingent on the 2021 financial performance of Clariant’s Pigments business. This represents a multiple of 10.7 to 11.4 times the stand-alone adjusted 12-month EBITDA per April 2021 (LTM).

EconCore’S new honeycomb cores made with SABIC's NORYL GTX™ resin deliver high heat performance and potential for recyclability for EV batteries and photovoltaics structures

The new EconCore honeycomb core’s higher heat performance, better dimensional stability and lower water absorption vs. honeycomb structures made with incumbent thermoplastics enable the new core material to be used in demanding applications such as automotive, e-mobility and photovoltaic components. (Courtesy of EconCore)EconCore, a global leader in honeycomb technologies, has developed new honeycomb cores for laminated sandwich panels made with SABIC’s NORYL GTX resin, a polyphenylene ether (PPE) blend, and EconCore’s proprietary technology. The new honeycomb core presents higher heat performance, better dimensional stability and lower water absorption compared to honeycomb structures made with traditional thermoplastics. These properties enable the new core material to be used in demanding applications such as certain automotive, e-mobility and photovoltaic components. Furthermore, combining this new honeycomb core with thermoplastic composite skins to produce an all-thermoplastic sandwich panel can facilitate recycling. These desirable performance attributes and enhanced sustainability can open new market and application opportunities for EconCore honeycombs made with NORYL GTX resin.

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