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BASF Demonstrates the Importance of Automotive Composites for Lightweighting

Oct 17, 2018

BASF Demonstrates the Importance of Automotive Composites for Lightweighting

Bio-Based Foam, a New Sustainable and Lightweight Automotive Material

Aug 09, 2018

Bio-Based Foam, a New Sustainable and Lightweight Automotive Material

5 Ways Material Science Is Driving Autonomous Vehicle Safety and Design

Jul 10, 2018

5 Ways Material Science Is Driving Autonomous Vehicle Safety and Design

Six Ways Materials Can Enhance Ride-Hailing Vehicles

Mar 05, 2018

Six Ways Materials Can Enhance Ride-Hailing Vehicles

Powering Hybrid/Electric Vehicles with Materials that Matter

Sep 11, 2017

Powering Hybrid/Electric Vehicles with Materials that Matter

Ultramid Endure Duct with Manifold

May 09, 2017

Debuting on 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, BASF's Plastic Can Take the Heat

Dr. Elena Khazova is carrying out thermography or heat measurements of a vacuum insulation panel (VIP) containing the high-performance foam. For comparison, a panel with conventional polystyrene insulating material is used. In the test, the insulating materials are placed on a hot plate. By using an infrared camera, the temperature differences on the surface become visible. The vacuum panel with the high-performance foam remains at approximately room temperature, whereas the temperature of the conventional insulating material rises by 11°C. Print free of charge. Copyright by BASF.

Apr 18, 2017

BASF Brings Innovation to Global Lightweighting Demand

BASF's Composite Expertise Means Metal Sits Out for Lincoln Continental Seat

Jan 09, 2017

BASF's Composite Expertise Means Metal Sits Out for Lincoln Continental Seat

BASF Hyundai RN30 Co-Creation Chemistry Supercharged 3

Oct 18, 2016

Behind the Scenes: The Co-Creation of the Hyundai RN30 Concept Car

BASF Demonstrates the Importance of Automotive Composites for Lightweighting

Oct 17, 2018

BASF Demonstrates the Importance of Automotive Composites for Lightweighting

The use of automotive composites offers lightweighting advantages, helping automakers create vehicle parts with reduced weight and improved performance and strength. Fiber-reinforced composites can compete with traditional materials and are well-suited for both interior and exterior applications.

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Bio-Based Foam, a New Sustainable and Lightweight Automotive Material

Aug 09, 2018

Bio-Based Foam, a New Sustainable and Lightweight Automotive Material

Sustainability remains a top priority for automakers, despite the Environmental Protection Agency's recent proposal to scale back fuel-economy standards.

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5 Ways Material Science Is Driving Autonomous Vehicle Safety and Design

Jul 10, 2018

5 Ways Material Science Is Driving Autonomous Vehicle Safety and Design

As the race to fully autonomous vehicles continues, the technology that enables this revolution poses the biggest challenges - as well as the biggest opportunities - the automotive industry has ever seen.

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Six Ways Materials Can Enhance Ride-Hailing Vehicles

Mar 05, 2018

Six Ways Materials Can Enhance Ride-Hailing Vehicles

By 2030 ride-hailing is expected to be a $285 billion industry, with 97 million ride-hailing trips occurring daily around the world, according to Goldman Sachs.

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Powering Hybrid/Electric Vehicles with Materials that Matter

Sep 11, 2017

Powering Hybrid/Electric Vehicles with Materials that Matter

It is estimated that 5 to 8 percent of all vehicle production will be made up of pure electric, full hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2020, but automakers today are focusing on technologies that will help these vehicles go farther at a price point that attracts the average driver.

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Ultramid Endure Duct with Manifold

May 09, 2017

Debuting on 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, BASF's Plastic Can Take the Heat

The appetite for turbocharging technology is growing among automakers across the globe. OEMs view smaller displaced engines as a way to reach the fuel economy and tail pipe emissions standards set by regulators. By 2020, the number of powertrains using forced induction to boost power and acceleration is expected to be as high as 60 percent, with passenger vehicles and pickup trucks using turbo technology.

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Dr. Elena Khazova is carrying out thermography or heat measurements of a vacuum insulation panel (VIP) containing the high-performance foam. For comparison, a panel with conventional polystyrene insulating material is used. In the test, the insulating materials are placed on a hot plate. By using an infrared camera, the temperature differences on the surface become visible. The vacuum panel with the high-performance foam remains at approximately room temperature, whereas the temperature of the conventional insulating material rises by 11°C. Print free of charge. Copyright by BASF.

Apr 18, 2017

BASF Brings Innovation to Global Lightweighting Demand

When it comes to mega trends driving today's global auto industry, the advancements and materials that are helping manufacturers cut vehicle weight to meet stringent emissions standards are at the forefront. Considering 75 percent of fuel consumption is related to vehicle weight, the appetite for replacing metal with composite plastic, foam and natural fiber components is projected to grow in the next decade. A study performed by the Center for Automotive Research found the use of lightweight, composite materials will increase significantly if automakers want to achieve an overall weight reduction of 10 and 15 percent.

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BASF's Composite Expertise Means Metal Sits Out for Lincoln Continental Seat

Jan 09, 2017

BASF's Composite Expertise Means Metal Sits Out for Lincoln Continental Seat

Ford Motor Co. wanted to introduce an innovative seating architecture for the highly anticipated, all-new Lincoln Continental. When overhauling the system, the automaker was looking to lightweight the front row seats in this iconic luxury vehicle, making the transition from metal to plastic material without sacrificing the inclusion of best-in-class comfort features.

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BASF Hyundai RN30 Co-Creation Chemistry Supercharged 3

Oct 18, 2016

Behind the Scenes: The Co-Creation of the Hyundai RN30 Concept Car

BASF RN30 project coordinators - Nok-young Choi and Billy Kim - share a behind the scenes look at the creation of this chemistry supercharged, high-performance vehicle. Nok-young is a product developer in BASF's Performance Materials division and Billy is the global account leader supporting the Hyundai business.

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