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Next-Generation Composites Lighten the Load for Automakers

Feb 19, 2014

Next-Generation Composites Lighten the Load for Automakers

Under the Hood Foam Reduces Engine Noise

Feb 01, 2014

Under the Hood Foam Reduces Engine Noise

Chemistry-Driven Innovation for the Automotive Industry

Jan 24, 2014

Chemistry-Driven Innovation for the Automotive Industry

Smart forvision Series: How Ultramid Lightens the Wheel Rim by 30 Percent

Dec 02, 2013

Smart forvision Series: How Ultramid Lightens the Wheel Rim by 30 Percent

Cellasto is a microcellular polyurethane elastomer created by BASF to reduce noise, vibration and harshness.

Oct 09, 2013

Detroit's "Big Three" Recognize Cellasto® Team for Quality

Heavy Focus on Lightweighting Results in Inaugural Altair Enlighten Award

Aug 06, 2013

Heavy Focus on Lightweighting Results in Inaugural Altair Enlighten Award

2013 CAR MBS: Fiber Reinforced Composites Make Lightweighting Easier for Automakers

Aug 05, 2013

2013 CAR MBS: Fiber Reinforced Composites Make Lightweighting Easier for Automakers

4 NVH Solutions Offered By BASF That Can't Be Rattled

Mar 13, 2013

4 NVH Solutions Offered By BASF That Can't Be Rattled

Next-Generation Composites Lighten the Load for Automakers

Feb 19, 2014

Next-Generation Composites Lighten the Load for Automakers

One way to lighten a vehicles weight is to replace metal production components with equally capable plastic counterparts using continuous-fiber reinforcement of injection molded structures with thermoplastic composites. To help the automotive industry get there, we've created an integrated system called Ultracom™. Ultracom™ is a system that, in addition to the semi-finished products and the injection-molding compounds, offers a full development package to support our customers.

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Under the Hood Foam Reduces Engine Noise

Feb 01, 2014

Under the Hood Foam Reduces Engine Noise

Motorists have a great deal of sounds they have to listen for and pay attention to while driving - sirens, pedestrians, other vehicles and even the radio. Their engine should not be one of them. Helping to meet the customer desire for a quieter vehicle is Basotect® melamine foam. Basotect is a flexible, open-cell foam made from melamine resin, a thermoset polymer. The feature characteristic is its three-dimensional network structure.

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Chemistry-Driven Innovation for the Automotive Industry

Jan 24, 2014

Chemistry-Driven Innovation for the Automotive Industry

We are pleased to debut our new automotive capabilities video: Chemistry-Driven Innovation for the Automotive Industry.

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Smart forvision Series: How Ultramid Lightens the Wheel Rim by 30 Percent

Dec 02, 2013

Smart forvision Series: How Ultramid Lightens the Wheel Rim by 30 Percent

Our thermoplastic polymer wheel rim is the first-of-its-kind and can revolutionize how wheels are produced from here on out, helping make cars lighter. smart forvision's rims are made entirely out of plastic instead of metal, yet they do not sacrifice the safety or stability of the vehicle.

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Cellasto is a microcellular polyurethane elastomer created by BASF to reduce noise, vibration and harshness.

Oct 09, 2013

Detroit's "Big Three" Recognize Cellasto® Team for Quality

In a world full of noise, the quest for quiet is never-ending, which is why the Cellasto® brand has become globally known for reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in vehicles leading to greater comfort and convenience for drivers. And, it's fantastic that our Cellasto team is getting their due attention too.

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Heavy Focus on Lightweighting Results in Inaugural Altair Enlighten Award

Aug 06, 2013

Heavy Focus on Lightweighting Results in Inaugural Altair Enlighten Award

As a result of our work developing a lighter-weight thermoplastic composite front seat pan, we recently were honored with the inaugural Altair Enlighten Award. The award was presented to our very own Martin Jung, Ph.D., senior vice president of Global Research for Structural Materials at the 2013 Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars.

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2013 CAR MBS: Fiber Reinforced Composites Make Lightweighting Easier for Automakers

Aug 05, 2013

2013 CAR MBS: Fiber Reinforced Composites Make Lightweighting Easier for Automakers

Dr. Martin Jung is one of the many scientists at BASF who are focused on reducing vehicle weight - not by a couple pounds, but by more than 200 pounds per vehicle - by utilizing more plastics technology. Talk about taking a load off!

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4 NVH Solutions Offered By BASF That Can't Be Rattled

Mar 13, 2013

4 NVH Solutions Offered By BASF That Can't Be Rattled

Today's automotive consumer has high expectations when it comes to handling, ride and comfort of a vehicle. And as autonomous driving evolves, sensitivity to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) will continue to increase as the driver becomes the passenger and vehicle operation takes a backseat.

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