Ladies and gentlemen, the door. Celanese (Irving, TX) broke on through to the other side of a car door at Fakuma to display some plastic parts that enable lightweighting and cost reduction in automotive parts. The components included the following.
Door module: The properties of the Celstran polypropylene long-fiber reinforced material used to fabricate this part include toughness at low temperatures for side impact; low warpage and creep; low density; recyclability; and low processing temperatures with no pre-drying.
Door latches: The housing is made of Hostaform C9021 with a natural laser transparent and black laser absorbant finish. The locking mechanism comprises several materials: Riteflex 655 Shore D 55, Riteflex 663 Shore D 63, Vandar 9114 Shore D 57 and Hostaform XGC. The part showcases cost and weight reduction through physical foaming, development capabilities in terms of the platform lock system and part integration.
Window-winder mechanism: Hostaform POM is among the materials used to produce the cursers, cable drums, gear housings and pulleys. Other materials, including Celstran LFT and Celanese PBT, are also used depending on the application.
There were many more examples of lightweighting at Fakuma, as you will see in the following slides.
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