Slideshow: Hot wheels at K 2016

What better way to attract traffic to your booth than a stunning car or motorcycle?
  • Lotus

    As carmakers try to meet challenging fuel-efficiency mandates, partly through lightweighting, plastics have become an increasingly popular resource. The average vehicle currently has around 167 kg of plastic parts, according to a recent study from consultancy Ceresana (Constance, Germany). So, it’s not surprising that cars, and even some motorcycles, were front and center at many exhibitor stands at K 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany. And it doesn’t hurt that displaying a hot car is a sure-fire way to attract traffic to your booth. This slide show features some of the driving machines that got our attention.

    German manufacturer of temperature control systems Weinreich (Lüdenscheid) parked a Lotus Exige V6 S at its stand. The vehicle weighs 1,090 kg and the chassis is made of aluminum, composites and various plastics. How does it handle, you ask? Well, it goes from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds, and the BBC’s Top Gear says it may be “one of the best handling cars available today. Seriously, it’s just sensational.” 

  • Borealis Borouge

    A prime example of vehicular weight savings was highlighted by Borealis (Vienna, Austria) and Borouge (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) at K 2016. Both companies displayed their tailor-made lightweight polypropylene (PP) compound solutions for the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra, the 2016 European Car of the Year. Containing around 35 kg of low-density Borealis PP, the new Opel Astra models weigh up to 200 kg less than their predecessors.

  • BMW motorcycle

    Among bikers, there’s a saying that “life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 150.” At K 2016 standing in front of the BMW GS on display at the Coko stand, it was pretty obvious why.

    Built for both on and off-road riding, the bike exudes power, speed and performance. “It’s a bike for adventure,” said a company spokesman on the stand. Indeed. And it’s made of plastic.

    Coko (Bad Salzuflen, Germany), a family-owned injection molder with subsidiaries in Poland and Turkey, specializes in molding large components. The company produces housings for household appliances and medical equipment, but is also a trusted supplier to the automotive industry, including motorcycles. 

    Motorcycle components are a core competence, said the company, and their production requires specialist expertise. Complex tools and technology are used to produce these components, including gas injection, galvanizing and special finishing processes, all in compliance with extremely narrow—“unforgiving” as Coko put it—tolerances and specifications. The company also has all requisite finishing technologies in house. It produced the full range of plastic parts on the displayed bike, some with a high-gloss surface.

  • Scania truck

    On display at the Sabic (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) booth was the Scania truck. Sabic began working with the Swedish truck company headquartered in Södertälje and its parts suppliers on this project more than five years ago. The truck includes more than 30 applications with thermoplastic materials from Sabic, totaling approximately 140 kg per vehicle. Thanks to an improved power train and better aerodynamics, this new truck generation offers a 5% reduction in fuel consumption.

  • BASF Hyundai

    A new concept vehicle jointly developed by BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. (Seoul) incorporates lightweight materials from BASF, such as Elastolit rigid integral foam. Reaction injection molding (RIM) systems were developed for the body panels, permitting the realization of such challenging designs as the fender and spoiler of the RN30. The vehicle also features semi-structural sandwich solutions for the trunk floor, providing a considerable weight reduction as well as a highly efficient production process. For more information about this stunning car, read “BASF and Hyundai Motor to showcase RN30 Concept Car at K.” Sorry, guys, it's not for sale. We asked.

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