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With increasing pressure to decrease weight in industries, more and more manufacturers are turning to lightweight polyolefins to meet market demands. Polyolefin Reinforcement, as synthetic, mineral-based fiber, offers comparable performance with lower weight than other fillers.

Regulations and Environment in Automotive Applications

  • Regulation:

As the automotive industry faces increasing pressure and legislative measures to reduce emissions beyond 2012, specifying Reinforced Polyolefins additives for light-weighting of your polypropylene parts can be a significant contribution to meeting these requirements.

 

e.g.: CAFÉ Standards increased to 35.5 miles/gallon by 2016* in the US, 4 years sooner than current federal law è for cars a 40% improvement is mandated.
*Reference: WSJ, page A1, May 19, 2009


  • Environmentally-friendly Benefits:

Weight reduction obtained with the addition of Reinforced Polyolefins in PP formulations instead of other reinforcement additives such as talc can help suppliers in terms of environmental friendliness.

For example, saving weight in automobiles results in better gas mileage, fuel economy and/or reduction in CO2 emissions...

 

In addition, the use of Reinforced Polyolefins as a reinforcement agent in polypropylene helps to avoid utilization of reinforcement additives known for their important environmental impact (i.e. glass fibers).

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