The spare wheel well made of reinforced plastic with 60 % glass fiber is attached directly to the body frame. It stores spare tire and onboard tool kit and also stiffens the rear section of the vehicle.
In contrast to metal, the use of high-tech plastics for structural components of the chassis, such as the steering rod, offers many benefits: Weight savings, cost-effectiveness through efficient manufacturing and assembly processes, reliable when subject to high dynamic mechanical stresses
Tepex® hybrid technology allows for a much lighter design of airbag housing side even compared to thermoplastic. Weight can be reduced by roughly one-third without compromise on stiffness or strength.
Cross-car beams with a plastic/metal hybrid construction provide substantial benefits, enabling cable and air ducts or brackets for the steering column to be easily integrated.
LANXESS has developed a range of iron oxides for the production of cathodes for lithium-ion batteries. Thanks primarily to their good morphological properties and high reactivity, the products are ideally suited for use in the e-mobility field.
The engine oil pan made from polyamide 66 weighs around a kilogram less than a steel component solution; it is around 50% lighter than an aluminum version.
LANXESS Durethan® is a popular choice for this application thanks to its high temperature resistance and favorable surface quality
The high-tech material’s stiffness enables a very shallow design for the oil pan, making it easy to install.
Hybrid technology combines the specific strengths of plastic with those of metals such as sheet steel and aluminum. Roof frames are 30 % lighter when made with plastic / metal hybrid technology, yet cost around 20% less than a full-steel-solution.
Hybrid front ends made of plastic / metal composites can reduce weight from 10 % – 40 % compared to front ends made of metal alone. With TEPEX®, up to 20 % in vehicle weight can be saved additionally in comparison to sheet aluminum solutions.
LANXESS products can help with every stage of leather manufacturing. The innovative X-Lite® process enables high-quality leathers to be produced which weigh up to 20% less. In comparison to seat pans made from plastic alone, Tepex® inlays can reduce the weight of car seats by up to 50%.
X-Lite®, Durethan®, Tepex®
The world’s first polyamide brake pedal reinforced with continuous glass fibers and designed for mass production is around 50% lighter than comparable traditional steel brake pedals, but just as mechanically strong.
LANXESS synthetic rubber blends and additives are key ingredients that allow modern tires to improve performance, enhance safety, last longer and contribute to reduce fuel consumption by 5% to 7%.
Buna® CB, Buna® VSL, Nanoprene®, various other products
Our high performance rubbers allow the manufacture of tires with outstanding physical data. Properties of the tread are significantly improved: lower heat build-up and higher flexibility, greater resistance and durability compared to other tire elastomers.
Buna® CB, Buna® VSL, Butyl®, Nanoprene, Vulcacit®, Vulkanox®, Renacit®, Vulcuren®, Perkalink®, Aflux®, Aktiplast®, Rhenodiv®, Rhenocure®
Inner liners made with Butyl® from LANXESS replace tubes and are characterized by their excellent impermeability. Processing agents improve tire manufacturing processes and tire performance.
Butyl®, Chlorobutyl®, Bromobutyl®, Vulkacit®, Vulkanox®, Renacit®, Vulcuren®, Perkalink®, Aflux®, Aktiplast®, Rhenodiv®
The key properties of EPDM are a very good resistance to ozone and weathering, good low temperature flexibility and good chemical resistance making Keltan® the ideal product for seals in headlighting.
Keltan® (EPDM), Vulkanox®, Vulkacit®
NBR specialties such as spray-dried and ground powder are deployed increasingly in the new generation of brake pads.
Baymod N®(NBR), Vulkanox®
Air Springs work under high dynamic load. Baypren® delivers the right properties like high resistance to aging and high dynamic fatigue resistance.
With Keltan® Eco, a high-performance rubber based on ethanol from sugar cane, door seals can be manufactured with same quality standards as petroleum-based alternatives.
Keltan®, Keltan®(Eco), Zinkoxid Aktiv, Vulkanox®, Vulkacit®, Mesamoll®
Timing belts made of high performance rubber are not only significantly lighter, they also extend the service life and increase the efficiency of engines.
Finished products made of Baypren® display excellent resistance to weathering, aging and heat.
Baypren®(CR), Vulkanox®, Vulkacit®
Keltan® is the product of choice for the production of coolant hoses because of its very good resistance to heat and oxidation and a good chemical resistance.
Keltan® (EPDM), Vulkanox®, Vulkacit®
The high temperature and oil resistance of Levapren® predestines this elastic material particularly for the manufacture of products that come in contact with hot liquids or hot air.
Rubber articles based on Krynac or Perbunan are essentially characterized by very good resistance to swelling in contact with mineral-oil-based fluids and resistance up to 120°C.
Perbunan®/Krynac®, Vulkanox®, Vulkacit®
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