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How Does Automotive Plastic Performance Measure Up?

Mar 28, 2015

How Does Automotive Plastic Performance Measure Up?

Pictured above is BASF's universal computer simulation instrument, ULTRASIM®.

Mar 25, 2015

Predicting Plastic Part Performance With Up To 90 Percent Confidence

Look Out Aluminum, Thermoplastic Composites Can Reduce More Mass

Mar 19, 2015

Look Out Aluminum, Thermoplastic Composites Can Reduce More Mass

Pictured above are several spent automotive catalysts.

Jan 31, 2015

The Secret Behind Precious Metal Recycling in the Auto Industry

BASF Sustainability Solutions are Steering the Automotive Industry

Jan 27, 2015

BASF Sustainability Solutions are Steering the Automotive Industry

Reduce Harmful Ground Level Ozone with New Catalyst Coating

Jan 13, 2015

Reduce Harmful Ground Level Ozone with New Catalyst Coating

The Importance of Thermosets in Light-Duty Vehicles

Sep 25, 2014

The Importance of Thermosets in Light-Duty Vehicles

The ABC’s of Today’s U.S. Emissions Regulations

Aug 27, 2014

The ABC's of Today's U.S. Emissions Regulations

BASF inaugurated its largest European production plant for mobile emissions catalysts in Środa Śląska, Poland, on July 18, 2014

Jul 25, 2014

Doubling Catalyst Manufacturing Capacity in Europe

How Does Automotive Plastic Performance Measure Up?

Mar 28, 2015

How Does Automotive Plastic Performance Measure Up?

Are you interested in exploring new vehicle material options, such as thermoplastic composites, but feel leery about the part's potential performance? It's a common misconception that you cannot predict a fiber reinforced plastic's performance as well as you can with steel and aluminum. BASF is breaking down that barrier with its ULTRASIM® technology that routinely delivers 90 to 95 percent accuracy when predicting the performance of parts molded using its materials.

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Pictured above is BASF's universal computer simulation instrument, ULTRASIM®.

Mar 25, 2015

Predicting Plastic Part Performance With Up To 90 Percent Confidence

Performance material plastics have the opportunity to overpower metal components within the makeup of the vehicle, as automakers continue down the road to lightweighting. But this only works if the part measures up to the performance of steel or aluminum, holds up under pressure and protects the vehicle's precious cargo. Unfortunately, the current standard performance analysis tools are just not cutting it.

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Look Out Aluminum, Thermoplastic Composites Can Reduce More Mass

Mar 19, 2015

Look Out Aluminum, Thermoplastic Composites Can Reduce More Mass

"Aluminum Inferior to Steel? Not On The 2015 Ford F-150" "Ford's aluminum F-150 takes Truck of the Year" "After the Groundbreaking 2015 F-150, Should We Expect Aluminum Ford Cars Next?" We've all seen the headlines; aluminum has dominated the lightweighting conversation ever since Ford announced the fully aluminum body structure on its 2015 Ford F-150. But is it worth all that buzz?

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Pictured above are several spent automotive catalysts.

Jan 31, 2015

The Secret Behind Precious Metal Recycling in the Auto Industry

As vehicle sales continue to grow globally, the number of cars reaching the end of their journey also increases thus making the automotive industry a big player in platinum-group metals (PGM), which include palladium, platinum, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium, and iridium, recycling. The vehicle's catalyst is one of the largest users of PGM resources, using the equivalent of 51 percent of the world's demand in 2010, as indicated by the International Platinum Group Metals association. But when the vehicle is scrapped, the precious metal contained in the car's catalytic converter can be recycled and incorporated into new catalysts to increase overall cost-efficiency.

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BASF Sustainability Solutions are Steering the Automotive Industry

Jan 27, 2015

BASF Sustainability Solutions are Steering the Automotive Industry

BASF is focused on creating chemistry solutions that are sustainable -- solutions that balance the economic, societal and environmental impact of all the industries it serves. For the automotive industry, BASF has many products that offer substantive sustainability benefits including lighter weight plastics, improved battery materials and energy storage, advanced solutions for catalytic converters to reduce emissions, and integrated coatings that are more eco-efficient.

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Reduce Harmful Ground Level Ozone with New Catalyst Coating

Jan 13, 2015

Reduce Harmful Ground Level Ozone with New Catalyst Coating

Industrialization has led to the increase of pollutants in the air we breathe, especially in big cities. And the effects are not to be taken lightly. In fact, 7 million premature deaths were linked to air pollution in 2012, according to the World Health Organization. Ground level ozone, a leading contributor to smog, a certain type of pollutant, can lead to serious environmental and health problems.

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The Importance of Thermosets in Light-Duty Vehicles

Sep 25, 2014

The Importance of Thermosets in Light-Duty Vehicles

Permanent. Durable. Resistant. This is what you'll get when you use thermoset bonding technology. Thermosets are cured creating permanent connections or cross-links into a specific shape. The chemical reaction that occurs in the thermoset material gives it a few key advantages, such as high thermal stability, resistance to moisture and humidity, resistance to chemicals and increased strength and durability. This technology is ideal for high-touch areas exposed to the elements, such as the door panels, headliners and package trays.

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The ABC’s of Today’s U.S. Emissions Regulations

Aug 27, 2014

The ABC's of Today's U.S. Emissions Regulations

With so many emissions standards, it can be hard to keep track of what's current and coming soon, especially with all the acronyms flying around. To help, here is a glossary of some important terms and what they mean for light-duty vehicles in the U.S.

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BASF inaugurated its largest European production plant for mobile emissions catalysts in Środa Śląska, Poland, on July 18, 2014

Jul 25, 2014

Doubling Catalyst Manufacturing Capacity in Europe

Today, it takes more than 100 cars with catalytic converters to produce the same emissions from just one pre-1974 vehicle. The catalyst is doing its job and keeping the air we breathe cleaner by reducing harmful emission levels. However, there is more to be done especially with impending regulations on the horizon - this is where innovators in the space come in. BASF, the leading mobile emission catalyst supplier, is continuing to expand both its innovation and production capabilities.

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