26 Oct 2016
ELIX Polymers introduces new generation ABS/PC blend for major weight reductions in Automotive applications
Tarragona, October 26, 2016 – ELIX Polymers has introduced a new generation ABS/PC blend to meet the needs of the automotive industry. ELIX Ultra HH 4115 HI ABS/PC can help to achieve major weight reductions through lower density, as well as delivering cost savings, processing benefits, very low emissions and odour when compared to PC/ABS.
The automotive industry’s ongoing search for weight reductions, is currently driving the trend to replace PC/ABS parts with ABS/PC blends, especially for interior parts.
New generation ELIX Polymers Ultra HH4115HI ABS/PC material has several advantages compared to a PC/ABS: 5% lower density with 1,07 g/cm³ vs PC/ABS 1,13 g/cm³, low emission and odour (VDA 278 VOC = 8 / FOG = 3 μg/g (ppm), VDA 270 = 3,0). Its high flowability rate (MVR = 14 cm³/10min.) helps to reduce cycle times, so that more parts per hour can be produced. Other benefits include its very high impact strength (ISO180-1A = 58 KJ/m² at 23°C room temperature and ISO180-1A = 41 KJ/m² at -30°C), excellent processability and very good paintability. Furthermore, there are significant cost saving possibilities thanks to the better painting performance and reduced scrap rate of Ultra HH 4115 HI vs PC/ABS.
Tests according to ISO6603-2 (puncture impact behavior) show the very good performance of the Ultra HH 4115 HI at different temperatures for crash-relevant parts such as interior pillars. The appearance of the fracture has been evaluated as very positive by several premium car manufacturers.
ELIX Ultra HH 4115HI has already been tested and approved by several Automotive OEMs. BMW approved it according to GS93016 ABS+PC heat resistance and first serial projects are running with the new grade. AUDI tested positive emissions, odour and the material is considered as very interesting for lower instrument panel parts, centre console parts and door panel parts according to TL52231. GM recently approved UltraHH4115HI under GMW15572-T4. Further tests and approvals at other OEMs are running at the moment, and Tier suppliers have shown their interest in this new ABS/PC grade.
There is a wide range of target applications for this innovative material. These include door panel parts, instrument panel parts, centre console trim, seating parts, interior and exterior pillars, luggage compartment trim, etc. As with other grades of ELIX Polymers, pre-coloured material in OEM colours is possible as are tailor-made solutions with special additive packages for very demanding part requirements.
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Notes for editors
ELIX Polymers - ELIX Polymers is a leading manufacturer of ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) resins and derivatives in Europe.
Operating from its head office in Tarragona, Spain, and with Sales support teams in all key markets, the company is a specialist provider of tailor-made solutions for high quality thermoplastics applications. With a 40-year track record, ELIX Polymers is an expert in ABS polymers, and it has the resources, the expertise and the experience to create value for its customers through highly individual solutions.
ELIX Polymers offers a broad range of material solutions for a variety of industries and applications, meeting the stringent requirements of the Healthcare, Automotive, Appliances, Electronic, Toys and other industries.
For more information please visit www.elix-polymers.com.