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Better processing, lighter weight,
sustainability honored in auto awards
By David Vink
Plastics News Correspondent
The Society of Plastics Engineers
Central Europe held its traditional
pre-K Automotive Awards
Night in Neuss, Germany, near
Düsseldorf, on Oct. 17, the 21st
event in a series stretching back
to 1992 with the next one planned
for mid-2024.
First place in the body interior
category went to Domat/EMS,
Switzerland-based EMS-Chemie
AG (Hall 6, Booth E61) for a center
console support structure of
the 2021 SEAT Cupra Leon sports
car model.
The structure is molded in
nylon
Vienna-headquartered Borealis
AG (Hall 6, Booth A43). Staff at the
Borealis innovation center in Linz,
Austria, were involved in the development
with Magna.
The EMS-Chemie material also
featured in the fi rst place in the
electronics and optical parts
category for metal replacement
in an electronic brake control
module molded by Nuneaton, England-based
Haldex Brake Products
Ltd. in four different glass-fi -
ber-reinforced nylon grades: PA
6T/SI GF35, PA66+PA6, PA66+PA6
GF30 and PA612 GF30.
In the body exterior category,
Salzburg/Anif, Austria-based KTM
Technologies GmbH was awarded
fi rst place for a hybrid motor
bicycle brake cover made in a
combination of compression and
injection molding. This involves
Amplitex 300 fl ax-fi ber-reinforced
epoxide
resin-based
prepreg
from Fribourg, Switzerland-based
Bcomp Ltd. and Akromid NEXT, a
35 percent glass-fi ber-reinforced
bio-based nylon 6/6 from Niederzissen,
Germany-based Akro-Plastic
GmbH (Hall 6, Booth C52), as
well as Arboblend 3165, a lignin
and other natural-fi ber-reinforced
compound based on a unspecifi
ed bio-based plastic from Ilsfeld,
Germany-based Tecnaro GmbH.
Akro-Plastic offers fi ve NEXT
grades, based on corn, corn/castor
oil, sunfl ower oil or castor oil,
with bio-based carbon content
ranging from 45-100 percent.
Amplitex 300 is fi rst pressed
and cured with KTM's Conexus
technology coupling layer, which
bonds the thermosetting and thermoplastic
components together
KTM produces a hybrid motorcycle brake disc cover in
thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic.
during thermoplastic overmolding.
The parts are produced by Neureichenau,
Germany-based Altendorfer
Kunststofftechnik GmbH in a
mold from Forstau, Austria-based
Alba Tooling & Engineering GmbH
(Hall 7a, Booth C17). Engineering
design studio Ingenieurbüro Zahler
and Pfi nztal, Germany-based Fraunhofer
Institute for Chemical Technology
(Hall 7, Booth SC01) were
also involved in the part's development,
which also won a 2022 JEC
World composites fair award earlier
in the year.
The powertrain category fi rst
place went to Coburg, Germany-based
Ros GmbH & Co. KG
for an electric vehicle fl ap module
that meets high tolerance
requirements, while
eliminating
assembly steps through use of
assembly injection molding. The
module contributes toward higher
cooling system effectiveness
Electric vehicle fl ap module
molded by Ros in glass
fi ber reinforced PPS and
carbon fi ber reinforced
polyphthalamide.
and thereby reduces CO2 emissions
from the engine.
One of the two plastics used in
the application is DIC-FZ2130, a 30
percent glass-fi ber-reinforced PPS
from Parsippany, N.J.-based Sun
Chemical, distributed by Düsseldorf,
Germany-based DIC Europe
GmbH (Hall 8B, Booth A53). The
other plastic is Vestamid HTplus
M1063, a 30 percent carbon-fi -
ber-reinforced medium viscosity,
high rigidity, antistatic, conductive,
stabilized polyphthalamide
(PA6T/X) from Essen, Germany-based
Evonik Industries AG
(Hall 6, Booth B28). The module
is produced on an injection
molding machine from Schwertberg,
Austria-based Engel Austria
GmbH (Hall 15, Booth B42-C58).
Among the awards in the new
mobility category, an electric
water pump for Mercedes Benz,
molded by Lippstadt, Germany-based
Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
won second place and stood out
for the use of three hydrolysis resistant
PPA grades from EMS-Chemie,
two of which with 30 percent
and one with 40 percent glass-fi -
ber reinforcement. The parts are
injection molded in tools from
Thomas France Plastic and feature
direct screw acceptance and
laser marking.
Second place on the chassis unit
and structural components category
went to a 2021 model Volkswagen
Multivan minibus ( " people
mover " ) tailgate structure molded
on Engel machinery by Liberec,
Czech Republic-based Magna Exteriors
Bohemia s.r.o. in Fibremod
GB4-16LF-9557, a 40 percent longglass-fi
ber
polypropylene
from
The tailgate is made of a Fibremod
outer frame and an inner
part, which are glued to each
other. Borealis says the tailgate is
largest lightweight tailgate, praising
it for the high degree of design
freedom. The high surface quality
means it is possible to " eliminate
the need for additional surface
fi nishing, " although some painted
exterior parts are glued to the
tailgate structure, the company
advises. Borealis adds that Fibremod
is more cost-effective than
both metal and engineering plastic
in the tailgate application.
First place in the enabler technology
went to the Pentatonic
thermoplastic composite battery
housing developed and produced
by Bonn, Germany-based Kautex
Textron GmbH & Co. KG with
Grivory GVS-5H, a 50 percent
glass-fi ber-reinforced
blend by Wächtersbach, Germany-based
Tier 1 supplier KDK Automotive
GmbH. The application
was praised due to a stable fi lling
process in a part with complex
geometry, as well as meeting the
required optical appearance without
further treatment.
Electronic brake
control module
produced by Haldex
Brake Products
Ltd. in glass-fi berreinforced
nylon.
SEAT Cupra center console structure in an EMS-Chemie 50
percent glass-fi ber-reinforced PA66/PA61/X blend. SPE CE photos
Mercedes Benz electric
water pump molded by Hella
in three different EMSChemie
PP grades.
support from the Aachen, Germany-based
IKV Institute of Plastics
Processing at RWTH university
(Hall 14, Booth C16). The developers
say the housing is the fi rst fully
thermoplastic battery enclosure.
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