Lanxess says that more environmentally friendly forms of transport could be a major growth area for its range of polyamides, polybutylene terephthalates (PBT) and thermoplastic composites.

‘Our material developments are primarily concentrated on applications for electrifying the powertrain of both human-controlled and autonomous vehicles, and on building up the requi-site infrastructures and logistics,’ said Jan Bender, head of marketing EMEA. ‘Another area of focus is the new lightweight materials and technologies that help, for example, to extend the range of electric vehicles.’

Potential applications for thermoplastics in hybrid and all-electric vehicles include components for charging systems, mounts and cell holders for battery systems, and sensors and housing parts for electric motors. The materials also offer huge potential in the electric mobility infrastructure, for example in housing parts, circuit breakers and terminals for charging stations, the company says.

‘Our highly-filled polyamides and composites also have lots of potential in the lightweight design of backrests and seat shells for new seating concepts,’ said Bender.

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