Chemicals company Lanxess says that it is taking part at the Plastics in Automotive Engineering (PIAE) show, taking place virtually from 28-29 July 2020.

According to the company, it will showcase its fiber reinforced all-plastic brake pedal developed for a battery-electric sports car, which is 50% lighter than an equivalent steel construction, and an A-pillar with a 3D hybrid design developed for Porsche vehicles such as convertibles and roadsters. Lanxess says that the a-pillars with hybrid inserts are just as stable in the event of a crash as previous designs featuring high-strength steel tubes but they reduce the weight of the vehicle body by five kilograms.

‘Along other things, we will present lightweight solutions based on our Tepex-branded continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites for brake pedals as well as structural components of the vehicle body and high-voltage battery,’ said Thomas Malek, business development manager at Lanxess. ‘We will also be concentrating on blow-moldable and injection-moldable polyamide compounds for tanks and hollow parts for the air management of turbocharged engines.’

This story uses material from Lanxess, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.