Environmentally friendly lightweight solutions for the automotive industry"In one area of the exhibit, Lanxess is showing high-performance plastics for a variety of applications that promote the mobility of the future. The focus is on innovative, resource-saving and environmentally friendly lightweight solutions, because lightweight materials and technologies can reduce weight in virtually every part of a motor vehicle. And plastics are essential to these solutions," says Dr. Michael Zobel, Head of the Lanxess High Performance Materials business unit. Depending on the demands made on the part in question, engineering plastics can entirely replace comparatively heavy metal parts or be combined with other materials. The weight of individual components can be reduced in this way without adversely affecting other physical properties, such as mechanical strength.
As one of many examples of lightweight applications, Lanxess will be exhibiting an oil pan module made of Durethan BKV 30 H2.0 (PA 6) for the Porsche 911 Carrera. This highly complex component satisfies all the specific requirements imposed on the new-generation engine in terms of weight reduction, function integration and cost-efficient production.