Hexion says that its resin systems have won awards at the The Society of Plastic Engineers’ (SPE) 2021 automotive innovation awards program. 

An Epikote epoxy resin system from Hexion specified by Rassini was recognized by SPE in the chassis/hardware category in the North American division and also won the grand award, selected among the winners of all categories. Rassini developed and manufactures the hybrid rear suspension, which consists of a parabolic main steel leaf supported by a composite helper. With this hybrid suspension, the same stiffness and durability as a conventional multi-steel leaf spring pack is achieved, while realizing a significant weight reduction of 30%, according to Hexion.

Daimler was also recognized as the Grand Innovation SPE award winner by SPE for a gearbox carrier in the power train category, Central European division. Hexion’s Epikote Resin TRAC 06398 based epoxy system was specified by Daimler and enabled the production of this lightweight structural part using a filament winding process, Hexion said. 

‘In partnership with industry developers, we are constantly adapting our composite resin portfolio to answer manufacturers’ increasing need for strong yet lightweight alternatives to metal that can be produced at faster speeds,’ said Ann Frederix, senior vice president, coatings & composites.

This story uses material from Hexion, with editorial changes made by Materials Today.