Long glass fiber PP attains 85% loading

Long glass fiber PP attains 85% loading

Trinseo (Berwyn, PA) has debuted an 85% long glass fiber (LGF) polypropylene (PP) concentrate product family for automotive semi-structural applications. The “breakthrough products” were introduced at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive TPO Conference that runs through to October 5 in Detroit, Michigan. Trinseo was formerly known as Styron until February 2015,

Instrument panels are among the applications that the new 85% LGF PP concentrate is targeting.

Enlite PP LGF 1851 and 1852 are the latest additions to Trinseo's Enlite structural polymers portfolio. The new Enlite products have the highest glass fiber concentration (85%) of any PP LGF concentrate available commercially for automotive semi-structural applications, which enables lighter weight interior parts at lower total cost compared to steel and aluminum.

“We know that lightweight is more than a trend in the automotive industry; it’s a necessity. We’ve also seen an increasing need for cost-effective semi-structural parts, and our new Enlite LGF 1851 technology is a direct response to these demands. It is the first structural polymer with an 85% concentration on the market, offering manufacturers a more advanced, robust, and affordable solution for today’s lightweight needs, and it strengthens Trinseo’s role as a leader in this strategic business,” says Dagmar van Heur, Vice President, Performance Plastics.

Enlite products are developed for instrument panels, door modules, front-end modules, tailgates, and other interior and semi-structural applications that require a balance of dimensional stability, heat resistance and weight optimization.

Enlite PP-LGF 1851 and 1852 are a step-change improvement over the previous industry benchmark of 60% LGF concentration. Unique to the industry, the 85% glass concentration allows customers to achieve cost savings of up to 10% through significantly reduced compounding costs, which we pass on our to our customers, and other efficiencies such as the outstanding pellet robustness combined with good dispersion properties of the HiCon Enlite products.

The dispersability of the 85% concentrate is reportedly as good as traditional 60% concentrates, while delivering good impact resistance and durability in the final part. In addition, the outstanding pellet robustness of Enlite 1851 and 1852 products minimizes generation of loose fibers during air conveying, which ultimately reduces production costs at the customer.

Enlite LGF 1851 and 1852 are now available globally and supported by a new, state-of-the-art production facility in Midland, MI. As part of the service offered with this innovative product family, Trinseo’s Application Engineering Development Center (AEDC) is available to support customers with material characterization for their end-products’ design engineering, and with support and optimization to help manufacturers realize their lightweight objectives and ensure the desired benefits in the physical products.

Trinseo’s extended polypropylene offering includes a range of high-flow resins, providing excellent material performance related to low VOC and high flow, and enabling optimized interior parts related to air quality and weight reduction through thin-wall technology.

With the addition of the new 85% concentrate, Trinseo’s Enlite family of structural polymers is advancing lightweight technology in a diverse range of interior semi-structural applications, where customers value a balance of dimensional stability, heat resistance and weight optimization.

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