Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- Bayer Material Science presented its latest polyurethane solutions for alternative energy vehicles (AEVs) at the recent Automotive Structures and Exterior Systems conference, held from 13-14 May 2010 in Novi, Michigan.
BMS presented innovations including the use of PU composites for lightweighting structural components, such as the underbody or liftgate, as well as the use of lightweight polymers to replace traditional materials such as glass and steel, an 18 May company statement said.
"Traditional and non-traditional automotive OEMs and their suppliers, want to achieve vehicle lightweighting goals without sacrificing performance or design aesthetics," said Mark Matsco, director, Technical Applications Group, BMS. "AEVs' push for lightweighting means materials technology is increasingly being considered as part of the initial design," he added. (RD)