Frankfurt, Germany – Huntsman is set to present a new portfolio of composites based on polyurethane for the automotive sector at the forthcoming JEC World show. These are designed to support the transition towards electric vehicles.
The composites, the company said, will assist automotive manufacturers and their tier suppliers optimise production processes, while also reducing environmental impact. They can also help maximise the performance and lifetime of vehicle components as the move towards cleaner, lighter vehicles progresses, it said.
The Rimline RSM system is a glass fibre-reinforced PU composite technology that was developed for rear seat pan applications. It can support compact, lightweight and simplified design configurations. It is applied by reaction spray moulding, making it appropriate for creating complex geometrical shapes, and cures rapidly, allowing rapid demoulding.
Also in the portfolio are a number of customisable, quick-cure high-strength PU resins for electric vehicle battery housings. The Vitrox and Rimline systems can be used to create composite components for underbody and upper cover battery production applications.
The products are available for wet compression moulding, core moulding, high-pressure resin transfer moulding and long fibre injection moulding techniques. All of the PU systems can be supplied as ISCC Plus mass balance certified products.