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Clariant Presents Foaming Agents & Flame Retardants for Automotive Industry

Published on 2016-08-09. Author : SpecialChem

SHANGHAI -- Clariant has presented solutions dedicated to achieving sustainable development in automotive industry. In the presentations delivered in front of leading local and regional technical and mass media, Clariant’s technical experts highlighted Clariant’s edge in the three areas of energy savings, emissions reduction and safety improvements, the current priorities for the automotive and transport industry in China to achieve improved sustainability.

FR for Automotive Industry

Solutions for Light & Safe Automotive

Development of transportation goes along with economic growth — with the surging economy’s high growth rate over the past decade in China, the country has already become the largest new vehicle market in the world since 2010. It is predicted that by 2025 China will replace the U.S. as the largest automobile market globally. Increased traffic volume and the number of road vehicles are inevitably putting pressure and impact on resources, people, climate and the environment. Petroleum consumption and CO2 emission are some of the biggest challenges faced by the automotive and transport industry in China today.

As a specialty chemical company, Clariant leverages its strong R&D capability and industry expertise to provide products and solutions dedicated to achieving sustainability in the automotive and transport industry.

Hydrocerol® - Foaming Agent for Vehicle Weight Reduction

  • It creates a finer, more durable foam-cell structure that allows manufacturers to achieve surface quality and mass reduction between 5 and 20%.
  • Hydrocerol results in significant improvement on product appearance both internally and externally
  • Hydrocerol also simplifies process control, thus saving through both reduced energy and a shortened cycle time.

Clariant also aids in energy saving during the manufacturing process. Clariant’s Masterbatches solutions for fibers used in vehicles leverage spin dyeing by adding the colorants directly as a Masterbatch during the melt spinning process. Besides outstanding aberration resistance, light-fastness and high color consistency, it reduces energy consumption tremendously. For instance, when dyeing 1kg of fibers, a reduction of almost 98% of energy and 99.9% of water is achieved with the same amount of additives used in traditional bath dyeing processes. The bluesign® system, the world’s most stringent environmental standard for textile products, endorses the benefits of spin dyeing as a sustainable way to color fibers.

Exolit® OP - Automotive Fire Safety

  • Exolit® OP range offers highly effective fire protection in vehicles, trains and other forms of transportation
  • Exolit® OP lends engineering plastics the fire safety characteristics of expensive high-performance polymers
  • In case of fire, considerably less smoke arises with Exolit OP than with many other flame retardants, with fewer adverse effects
  • Plastics containing Exolit OP can be recycled easily
Foaming Agents for Light Automobiles

“With our exciting line-up of products and solutions dedicated to improving the sustainability and safety aspects of the growing automotive and transport industry in China, Clariant is ready to work with our customers and partners as we continue to strive for a greener future in this growing sector in China,” said Jan Kreibaum, President of Clariant Greater China and South Korea.

Emission Reduction

Car exhaust accounts for a significant share of total pollutant emissions in industrialized countries such as China. Among the different pollutants from car exhaust, nitrogen oxides contribute to occurrence of acid rain, while VOCs and carbon monoxide are either carcinogenic or pose various health hazards.

Among the origins of pollutants from vehicles, diesel engines produce a significant share of transport-related emissions. Controlling diesel emissions requires increasingly sophisticated solutions as emission regulations tighten worldwide. To achieve a dramatic reduction in vehicle emissions, Clariant’s zeolites are specially optimized for exhaust catalytic converters in vehicles. They can be used both as an ideal carrier material for the catalytically active substances, as well as a full extrudate.

Zeolites have become an indispensable part of modern catalytic converter technology in vehicles today. They have a customized property profile allowing for targeted control over ingredients, pH value, temperatures and templates. The catalysts also enjoy an excellent price-performance ratio due to their uncomplicated large-scale crystallization process that ensures lower costs. In addition, zeolites are non-hazardous to humans and environmentally friendly.

Besides controlling the emissions from automotives themselves, Clariant’s LE Technologies also contribute to emission reduction during their manufacturing. The low emission products GEKO® LE and ECOSIL® LE lower emissions of health hazards like xylenes, toluene and ethyl benzene during the green sand molding process employed in the manufacturing of vehicle components such as engine blocks, transmission housings, drive shafts, brake disks and wheel bearings. Clariant’s LE Technology products are already widely used in the EU, and have high potential in North and South America, as well as Asia.

About Clariant

Clariant is among global leaders in pigment preparations, with worldwide production and technical service and support. Its broad range of products covers the whole color index.

Source: Clariant
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