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Around 70 percent of the high-performance rubber produced by LANXESS is used for the manufacture of low roll-resistance tires. If all of the vehicles in Europe were fitted with these consumption-reducing tires, billions of liters of fuel could be saved every year.
Plastic composites have been established in the aviation industry for many years now, but they are also a next-generation alternative material for the automotive industry thanks to their low weight and high load capacity. For example, thanks to optimized mass production processes, lightweight fiberglass-strengthened polyamide composite sheets are becoming increasingly cost-effective.
Special thermoplastics can be made conductive and flame retardant through electroplating or additivation. Thus, they are ideal material for use in batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles. Furthermore, components made from high-tech plastics are playing an increasingly important role in the fabrication of electronic drive trains. LANXESS produces a wide range of flame-retardant polyamides and polybutylene terephthalates.
Polyamide is a particularly impermeable high-tech plastic that effectively suppresses permeation in fuel tanks, thus helping to prevent significant air pollution. Permeation is the undesired seepage of hydrocarbons through the walls of a fuel tank.
Tires must not only guarantee control over the vehicle regardless of the temperature but also are also expected to be highly stable, durable and have a good load capacity. For this reason, prominent tire manufacturers use LANXESS’ high-performance synthetic rubbers, which have an optimal balance in terms of their physical properties.
Pseudoplastic polyamides are used in blow-molded components for engine ventilation systems. Pipes made from these materials are resistant to extreme temperatures, impact and wear. They are also resistant to oxygen and ozone.
Technical rubber made from organic ethylene is mostly used for door seals in the automotive industry, but also is a key component in plastic modification and in the additivation of mineral materials. Its properties include very low density, good resistance to heat and other media, and good electrical insulation properties.
Injection-molded structural reinforcements can be built into auto bodies to absorb the impact force of an accident. As a result, vehicles are significantly more resistant to deformation, thus providing passengers with additional protection.