Borealis and Borouge, leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, to achieve top-level aesthetics and performance for interior and exterior components on its new Fiat Panda. The Panda model is one of the original equipment manufacturers' (OEMs) key new platforms for 2012.
Borealis and Borouge's polypropylene (PP) automotive innovations combine a host of high-performance mechanical properties and processing advantages designed to ease production, and enhance the quality and surface finish of vehicle interiors and exteriors. In addition, the lightweight polyolefins offer vehicle weight savings when used to replace traditional parts materials, contributing to a reduction in fuel consumption. Borealis has assisted the company's enhancement of performance and aesthetics of interior and exterior vehicle parts on models recognised for their safety and cutting-edge designs such as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Fiat 500.
For the new Fiat Panda, Tier One supplier Magneti Marelli successfully used high-performance Daplen™ thermoplastic olefin (TPO) compounds from Borealis to achieve consistent parts with the visual appeal and safety-related performance to meet FIAT's stringent quality requirements and technical specifications.
Bumper: High-performance Daplen™ EE103AE-9543 was selected by FIAT due to its excellent balance between impact strength and stiffness. The grade gives good surface quality and is easy to process. Its high flowability allows the moulding of complex-structured parts with very high flow path / wall thickness ratios. EE103AE is particularly suitable for bumpers which require low expansion over a broad temperature scale. The zero-gap tolerance and good paintability of the finished part supports good continuity with the car body for enhanced visual appeal.
Dashboard and Centre Console: Daplen™ EE168AI-9533 offers outstanding impact behaviour combined with very low gloss and very good scratch behaviour. This grade, also chosen for the new Lancia Y model launched in 2011, meets FIAT's highly demanding quality expectations for interior components.
Dashboard fascia: Borealis and Borouge developed a specific solution for FIAT to overcome the potential for warpage and distortion often associated with the adoption of over-moulding technology for this part. Using a combination of Borealis' grade Xmod™ MSC65T20 for the non-visible structural part and Daplen™ EG265Ai for the aesthetic surface, a superior surface was achieved in terms of tiger stripes and the dimensions were exact without any distortion.
"The 2012 Fiat Panda marks the latest collaboration in our 17 year history of close cooperation with FIAT," says Bruno Sola, Borealis Sales Manager Business Unit Mobility. "A dedicated Borealis team of specialists based at FIAT's headquarters in Turin, Italy is supplemented with long-term support for the car manufacturer's activities in Brazil. Borealis and Borouge also plan to start cooperation with FIAT-Chrysler in China in the near future."
"Borealis and Borouge are committed to providing cost-competitive material solutions to meet the automotive industry's requirements for cutting-edge aesthetics and a step change in cost-efficiency, weight reduction and environmental performance," comments Harald Hammer, Borealis Vice President Business Unit Mobility. "The Fiat Panda is a great example of this, and highlights once again the benefits of our long-term partnership in supporting FIAT's pursuit of top-level quality perception for its vehicle interiors and exteriors."
Borealis and Borouge Mobility Business Units
Borealis and Borouge Mobility Business Units specialise in supplying advanced polyolefin plastics to leading manufactures in the automotive industry. The portfolio of products includes materials for exterior, interior and under the bonnet applications, such as bumpers, body panels, trims, dashboard, door cladding, climate control units, air intake manifolds as well as battery cases. Through close collaboration with our customers, innovative technologies and our extensive product portfolio, Borealis and Borouge have established a leading position in the automotive market across Europe, South America and Asia.
Both companies find that customer-driven innovation is the only way to achieve and sustain progress. Through foresight and focus on customer needs, we continue to provide innovative solutions for the automotive industry that add real value throughout the value chain. We also know the high value that our customers in the automotive industry place on quality and product consistency. We pride ourselves on the performance of our products, and through ongoing investment in upgrades and new plant programmes, we continue to set new records for output efficiency and product reliability.
They believe that responsiveness is the foundation of fruitful customer partnerships. The Business Unit Mobility ensures this through their resources of strategically placed global hubs: Borealis Belgium, Borealis Central Europe, Monza (Italy), two compounding facilities in Brazil, Itatiba and Triunfo and two in China, Shanghai and Guangzhou (end of 2012). In addition, they are supported by the innovation centres all over the world
About Borealis and Borouge
Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 7.1 billion in 2011, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,300 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas.
Through Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil and gas companies, the company’s footprint reaches out to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. Established in 1998, Borouge employs approximately 1,700 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.
Building on Borealis’ unique Borstar® technology and their more than 50 years experience in polyolefins, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and fertilizer to phenol and acetone.
Today, Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year having recently completed a 1.5 million tonne capacity expansion in Abu Dhabi. The Borouge 3 plant expansion will be completed at the end of 2013 with a further capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) being fully operational in mid-2014. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain and across the globe can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.
Borouge (borouge.com) and Borealis (borealisgroup.com) are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and proactively contribute to addressing the world’s water and sanitation challenges through their Water for the World™ (waterfortheworld.net) initiative.
Daplen, Xmod and Water for the World are trademarks of the Borealis group.
Borstar is a registered trademark of the Borealis group.