3 Plastic Solutions Making Cars More Comfortable and Efficient

We will have a significant presence at Chinaplas 2014, Asia's No. 1 plastics and rubber trade fair, which showcases plastic innovations that can help address sustainability challenges around the world. The event takes place April 23 - 26 in Shanghai.

We will be highlighting our lightweight solutions that improve automotive fuel efficiency and comfort, consumer product safety, environmental performance of buildings and manufacturing efficiencies.

"Rapidly changing consumer needs in China and other emerging markets, the result of fast urbanization and growing disposable income, are creating challenges in areas such as energy use, consumer product safety and waste management," said Dr. Zheng Daging, senior vice president for Business and Market Development of Greater China and BASF. "With the latest plastics solutions, we are collaborating with our customers on innovations to address these challenges that are developed in Asia Pacific, for Asia Pacific and the world.

BASF chemistry was used in an innovative way to maximize weight and space savings in these car sear concepts.
BASF chemistry was used in an innovative way to maximize weight and space savings in these car sear concepts.

Here are some of our latest automotive solutions:

  • Car Seat Concepts - The BASF materials were used in an innovative way by our collaboration partner AP Solutions to allow weight and space savings with unique styling possibilities to maximize design freedom for slimmer, lighter and more comfortable cars.
  • Polymer Additives- Polyethylene stabilized with Irganox® CB Roto promotes densification of the polymer during molding which enables the production of products with high-impact properties after shorter heating times and lower oven temperatures.
  • World's First Co-extruded PVC-PBT Window Profile - This is the latest innovation in our Ultradur® (Polybutylene Teraphalate) product range.  Replacing steel as reinforcement in window profiles, the lightweight Ultradur® eliminates cold bridge effects and significantly increases energy efficiency while at the same time adding comparable durability and strength.

We are also enhancing new technologies and materials for plastics solutions in the Asia Pacific region by strengthening our R&D capacity.  Earlier this month, we established the research initiative "Network for Advanced Materials Open Research" (NAO) at our Innovation Campus Asia Pacific together with seven leading universities and research institutes in China, Japan and South Korea.  This will focus on research and product development for automotive, construction and water and wind energy industries.

To learn more about what BASF is doing at Chinaplas 2014, visit http://chinaplas.basf.com/