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9 Solutions BASF Offers to Help Automakers Meet CAFE Standards

Jul 21, 2016

9 Solutions BASF Offers to Help Automakers Meet CAFE Standards

BASF Electrifies the Market with Battery Materials

Jul 07, 2016

BASF Electrifies the Market with Battery Materials

Mit dem Polyurethan-Schaumsystem Elastoflex® E von BASF ist es erstmals gelungen, ein Autoaußenbauteil in Sandwich-Wabentechnik mit Class-A-Folie in Großserie herzustellen. Das Dachmodul im Standardmodell des neuen smart fortwo besteht aus einer Papierwabe und zwei umschließenden Glasfasermatten, die mit Elastoflex® E 3532 besprüht und mit einer durchgefärbten Class-A-Oberflächenfolie verpresst werden. In einem einzigen Arbeitsschritt entsteht so ein Dachmodul, das um 30 Prozent leichter ist als das Seriendach des Vorgängermodells. Photo: Daimler/BASF 2015  With the polyurethane foam system Elastoflex® E from BASF it is possible for the first time to mass-produce an exterior car part featuring a honeycomb sandwich structure with a class-A film. The roof module in the standard model of the new smart fortwo consists of a paper honeycomb and two surrounding glass fiber mats. These are sprayed with Elastoflex® E 3532 and pressed together with a solid-colored class-A film. A single operation thus produces a roof module which is around 30 percent lighter than the standard roof on the previous model.  Photo: Daimler/BASF 2015

Jun 16, 2016

Honeycomb Structure is the Bee's-Knees for Automotive Lightweighting

BASF Advanced Plastic Parts ContiTech Cadillac Strut Mount

Apr 06, 2016

3 New Ways Advanced Composite Materials Are Light Weighting Today's Cars

The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang with a carbon fiber composite grille opening reinforcement (GOR). Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Dec 09, 2015

Mustang Lightens Its Grille with New Carbon Fiber Composite

BASF’s Basotect® TG melamine foam is used in the engine cover for various Volkswagen vehicles.

Oct 15, 2015

Combating Heat and Noise Associated With Fuel Efficient Engines

Floatility's new lightweight and solar powered electric scooter, a boost to sustainable urban mobility.

Sep 03, 2015

Floating Over the Last Mile to Solve Short Commutes

Problem Solving for Future Transportation Issues, Today

Jun 15, 2015

Problem Solving for Future Transportation Issues, Today

Carbon Fiber Composites: Ready for a Mainstream Debut

Apr 20, 2015

Carbon Fiber Composites: Ready for a Mainstream Debut

9 Solutions BASF Offers to Help Automakers Meet CAFE Standards

Jul 21, 2016

9 Solutions BASF Offers to Help Automakers Meet CAFE Standards

Since 2012, U.S. automakers have kept a keen eye toward a milestone date thirteen years down the road. The U.S. Government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards mandated a more than doubling of vehicle fuel efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025, representing a formidable challenge given technology available at that time. Yet in an industry where innovation is critical to success, OEMs and suppliers have made substantial strides toward meeting these requirements, in turn developing a wide array of technologies in production today.

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BASF Electrifies the Market with Battery Materials

Jul 07, 2016

BASF Electrifies the Market with Battery Materials

As the head of BASF's Battery Materials business unit, Dr. Jeffrey Lou is responsible for recognizing opportunities and positioning the company to best succeed in a highly competitive marketplace. In the interview below, he outlines his strategy for ensuring BASF is a winning force as the race toward electromobility continues.

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Mit dem Polyurethan-Schaumsystem Elastoflex® E von BASF ist es erstmals gelungen, ein Autoaußenbauteil in Sandwich-Wabentechnik mit Class-A-Folie in Großserie herzustellen. Das Dachmodul im Standardmodell des neuen smart fortwo besteht aus einer Papierwabe und zwei umschließenden Glasfasermatten, die mit Elastoflex® E 3532 besprüht und mit einer durchgefärbten Class-A-Oberflächenfolie verpresst werden. In einem einzigen Arbeitsschritt entsteht so ein Dachmodul, das um 30 Prozent leichter ist als das Seriendach des Vorgängermodells. Photo: Daimler/BASF 2015  With the polyurethane foam system Elastoflex® E from BASF it is possible for the first time to mass-produce an exterior car part featuring a honeycomb sandwich structure with a class-A film. The roof module in the standard model of the new smart fortwo consists of a paper honeycomb and two surrounding glass fiber mats. These are sprayed with Elastoflex® E 3532 and pressed together with a solid-colored class-A film. A single operation thus produces a roof module which is around 30 percent lighter than the standard roof on the previous model.  Photo: Daimler/BASF 2015

Jun 16, 2016

Honeycomb Structure is the Bee's-Knees for Automotive Lightweighting

The honeycomb design found in the insect world is making its way into the auto industry, beating out man-made blow molded polypropylene in terms of strength and weight. Used within a variety of automotive components, the honeycomb structure consists of corrugated paper that is made to resemble a honeycomb. It is surrounded on either side by fiber glass sheets and a layer of polyurethane is sprayed on the top and bottom.

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BASF Advanced Plastic Parts ContiTech Cadillac Strut Mount

Apr 06, 2016

3 New Ways Advanced Composite Materials Are Light Weighting Today's Cars

Advanced plastic parts show true promise in helping automakers meet their fuel economy goals. While total system overhauls may still be quite distant, automakers are making significant gains by targeting their lightweighting efforts on high-impact applications. Check out three ways BASF's Ultramid® polyamides were used to replace heavier materials and ensure the quality of standard for these premium brands.

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The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang with a carbon fiber composite grille opening reinforcement (GOR). Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Dec 09, 2015

Mustang Lightens Its Grille with New Carbon Fiber Composite

Ford Performance wanted to showcase innovation on the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang by creating a grille opening reinforcement made of carbon fiber. Ford approached Magna International Inc. to assist in the development of a lightweight GOR concept for the Shelby GT350. BASF was invited by Magna to suggest lightweight material concepts, which resulted in a carbon fiber GOR that was 24 percent lighter than the prior plastic-metal hybrid design.

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BASF’s Basotect® TG melamine foam is used in the engine cover for various Volkswagen vehicles.

Oct 15, 2015

Combating Heat and Noise Associated With Fuel Efficient Engines

The road to meeting global fuel efficiency standards has automakers trying to do more with less, like combining direct injection powertrains for high performance and cutting vehicle mass with lightweight materials. These smaller and increasingly efficient powerplants are becoming more widespread, especially in North America where the 2025 deadline for the Corporate-Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard is nearing. The federal mandate will require cars and trucks reach at least 54.5 miles per gallon.

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Floatility's new lightweight and solar powered electric scooter, a boost to sustainable urban mobility.

Sep 03, 2015

Floating Over the Last Mile to Solve Short Commutes

Imagine taking the subway only to get off and have to walk to your bus stop, job or home. This is a daily occurrence, because walking an hour to your final destination seems more sufficient than sitting in the car stuck in traffic. But what if you had a solution to get from point A to B more conveniently, eliminating that last mile frustration?

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Problem Solving for Future Transportation Issues, Today

Jun 15, 2015

Problem Solving for Future Transportation Issues, Today

A clear, blue ocean - a scenic treasure, a tranquil escape. You may be thinking, "Why's he writing about his latest vacation?" I'm not. Instead, it's a glimpse into a set of business objectives and goals within BASF. Our strategy is not only driven by growth with our current solutions and customers, but also taking advantage of "blue oceans," or opportunities to break into new spaces, markets, regions, etc. through a consistent pipeline of innovations.

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Carbon Fiber Composites: Ready for a Mainstream Debut

Apr 20, 2015

Carbon Fiber Composites: Ready for a Mainstream Debut

Vehicles constructed of mixed materials are becoming increasingly common as a result of impending fuel economy and CO2 emissions regulations. Now, more than ever, automakers are paying particular attention to which material is best and how it should be utilized in the vehicle. Fiber-reinforced composites are ideal and the industry is taking notice. BASF has found that automakers can shave weight off as plastic parts are up to 40 percent lighter than metal.

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