VIDEO: Making electric vehicles Safer, Lighter and More Sustainable

The future of mobility is rapidly changing. The era of internal combustion engines as a single power source is ending, indicating a transformation that makes vehicles cleaner. To realize this transformation, automotive OEMs need advanced materials that make electric vehicles safer, lighter and more sustainable.

Our portfolio of tough yet lightweight materials are driving manufacturers to produce automotive components that are extremely light, reduce friction and operate in extreme environments – particularly at very high temperatures - with drastically smaller carbon footprints. 

Highlighted case studies


The EV charging plug with enhanced fire and electrical safety properties required for fast-charging

New suppliers entering the EV market are producing charging plugs using lower quality materials to drive costs down, which puts other manufacturers under pressure to improve cost efficiency. Yet, low quality materials fail to deliver the aesthetic value that OEMs expect today. They are also unsuitable for producing new fast-charging plugs, which process higher voltage rates and require high-strength materials designed to ensure final parts are safe to handle under any conditions.


The JEC 2020 innovation award-winning lightweight FRP center tunnel for Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman 

A high-performance automotive center tunnel for a Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman is manufactured in a multi-material design by the combination of glass and carbon fiber tapes, metal inserts and thermoplastic polymers using a cost efficient injection molding process. The hybrid center tunnel features significant weight savings, low machine and tool invest and highly flexible production for novel automotive body applications. 


The SPE Automotive 2021 innovation award-winning wire-harness clips for Ford Bronco Sport made of ocean plastics 

Ford uses wiring harness clips made of ocean-harvested plastic “ghost gear” in Bronco Sport models. Invisible to vehicle occupants, the wiring harness clips fasten to the sides of the Bronco Sport second-row seats and guide wires that power various features in the vehicle’s cargo area. Ford testing shows that the Akulon® RePurposed material, despite having spent time in salt water and sunlight, is as strong and durable as petroleum-based clips.

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