Xmod™ GD301FE is used in pedal and front-end carriers.
Xmod™ GD301FE is used in pedal and front-end carriers.

The VDI International Conference on Plastics in Automotive Engineering takes place in Mannheim, Germany, on 21-22 March.

Borealis and Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), will showcase components and under-the-bonnet applications used by BMW and Fiat / General Motors to demonstrate their Xmod™ short glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP).

The companies say that Xmod GD301FE used in pedal and front-end carriers creates a minimum 15% weight saving and 10% lower system cost compared to a polyamide (PA) solution. The high performance, high stiffness, 30% glass fibre reinforced PP offers improved processing and no pre-drying step.

Xmod WB300UB, a hybrid (glass fibre and mineral filled) reinforced PP, was chosen by Fiat for air filter housings. It meets the performance, stiffness and impact strength as well as good surface properties of a PA-based alternative at a lower cost and 16% lower weight.

Our PP compounds are technically versatile and offer more cost effective solutions and weight saving benefits when compared to traditional engineered polymers such as PA. They make a positive contribution to meet the industry’s manufacturing and regulatory challenges and support efforts for lower fuel consumption.
Jost Eric Laumeyer, Borealis Global Marketing Manager for Business Unit Mobility

Borealis and Borouge will also showcase the use of Nepol GB215HP, a long glass fibre reinforced PP, in the instrument panel carrier of the BMW 1, 3, 5 and 7 Series models. Nepol enabled a weight reduction of 20% compared to the previously used material, as well as 20% lower system costs. The material also supported the BMW SGI integral foaming injection moulding process.