At the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) Automotive TPO Global Conference, Borealis and Borouge will demonstrate their commitment to the global automotive industry and in particular the North American market by announcing the appointment of their first local Borealis representative and delivering two innovative keynote presentations showcasing their extended range of polyolefin mobility solutions.
As the automotive industry continues to develop as a global business, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) require that the products and service are available wherever they have production facilities. Borealis and Borouge, leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, set out to serve their customers around the globe with the same innovative grades and high service levels. Borealis has recently appointed Tobias Allmendinger as Application Development Engineer specifically for the North American mobility market to further strengthen its presence in North America.
To underline its commitment to the US automotive market, Borealis’ North American Team will present at the SPE® Automotive TPO Global Conference, which will take place in Detroit, Michigan from October 2-5, 2011. Members of the team will deliver two keynote presentations at the conference and show their latest automotive developments at the exhibition (detailed below).
Innovative Polypropylene Material Concepts for Lightweight Interiors with Improved Surface Quality
(Material Development Session)
Presenter: Robert Gubo, Borealis Business Unit Mobility Development Engineer
Polypropylene-Glass Fibre Compounding Technology for Cost Effective PA Replacement Providing Fuel Economy and Production Efficiency
(Advanced Polyolefin Compounds)
Presenter: Thomas Wagner, Borealis Business Unit Mobility OEM Manager
Reducing weight, reducing costs
According to Harald Hammer, Borealis Business Unit Mobility Vice President, weight saving remains top of the agenda throughout the industry,“A lower weight vehicle consumes less gas and has lower emission rates – both of which help deliver a smaller footprint and help to save costs, for even greater competitiveness.”
“Borealis has a number of innovative material concepts that combine vehicle weight savings with the same or improved performance. Moreover, we are able to offer significant cost savings by transferring existing applications into a polypropylene (PP) solution, for example PA into PP or PC/ABS into PP,” adds Thomas Wagner, Borealis Business Unit Mobility OEM Manager.
Mr. Hammer continues,“It is with solutions such as these that Borealis continues to innovate as we continue to invest for the benefit of the global automotive industry.”
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 2012). In addition, they are supported by the innovation centres all over the world.
Borealis and Borouge
Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 6.3 billion in 2010, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,100 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 1,600 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.
Borstar is a registered trademark of the Borealis group.