The IAC FiberFrame lightweight component is used for the first time in the new E-class of Mercedes-Benz. Cars fitted with the roof frame have been available from dealers in Europe since the beginning of April 2016.
Reduced fuel consumption through lighter roof frames"Natural-fiber roof frames based on Acrodur 950 L are around 40 percent lighter than roof frames made from metal. Hence, we help car makers achieve their sustainability targets because lighter vehicles consume less fuel and have lower carbon emissions," explains Thorsten Habeck, Head of Marketing for Dispersions for Fiber Bonding at BASF.
IAC, one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of car interior systems, has developed the innovative lightweight concept and produces the roof frame based on Acrodur 950 L. "It was easy to integrate the BASF binder into our production system. The natural fiber components that are strengthened with Acrodur are ideal to mold; they are environmentally friendly and save time during the production of the composites," says Fritz Schweindl, Director Advanced Engineering at IAC, adding "Furthermore, the product is low in emissions, which means that it is safer to work with."