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The ride is lighter despite the heavy loads

1 Roofs
2 Front-ends
3 A&B cladding
4 Parcel shelf
5 Seat back cover
6 Door cladding
7 Superstructures
8 Interior parts
9 Floor panel
10 Floor parts
11 Trunk cladding
12 Trunk floors
1 - Roofs
2 - Front-ends
3 - A&B cladding
4 - Parcel shelf
5 - Seat back cover
6 - Door cladding
7 - Superstructures
8 - Interior parts
9 - Floor panel
10 - Floor parts
11 - Trunk cladding
12 - Trunk floors

All road transport applications strive to reduce weight without compromising consistent rigidity, which is something we absolutely excel at. The weight reduction results in a significant reduction of fuel consumption as well as in an increased weight capacity, which are both driving factors behind the vehicle operating costs.

This is particularly important for future local urban traffic solutions or electric cars, where weight savings result in a significant reduction of energy, electricity consumption and consequently in an increased range.

Sandwich constructions are the ideal material for the construction of road vehicles due to their minimal weight, excellent optical features, high corrosion resistance and enormous rigidity. They also have excellent fire and insulating properties and their superb formability can facilitate the work of the designer. With our Hybrid Core Concept® we have the product portfolio, expertise and toolset to optimally support our customers in the crucial phases of product design and manufacturing.

Our trendsetting technologies protect the environment, save resources and reduce operating costs significantly. Therefore, our composites AIREX® and BALTEK® allow environmentally and economically optimized road transport solutions. We offer versatile materials for various areas of application: passenger cars, recreational vehicles, trucks, buses and special purpose vehicles.

Advantages
Applications

Advantages

  • Great potential for weight reduction (lower fuel consumption, higher weight capacity)
  • Low total operating costs
  • Excellent mechanical properties
  • Good thermal insulating properties
  • Easy processing
  • Thermal formability
  • High corrosion resistance
  • Global availability
  • Sustainability and recyclability

Applications

  • Cars
    • Interior trim (e.g. door cladding, seat back cover, parcel shelf)
    •  Floor panels
    • Roofs, engine hoods
  • Trucks
    • Floors
    •  Body (walls, roofs)
    •  Wind deflectors
  • Bus
    •  Floors
    •  Roofs
    • Frontends

References

AIREX® T92 – General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), Switzerland, Heavy-duty vehicle Eagle, 2012
BALTEK® SBC – General Motors USA, Cadillac XLR, 2011
AIREX® C70, AIREX® C71, Nuon Solar, Denmark, Solar racing car, 2004

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