MOSCOW (MRC) -- With Styron's participation in a multi-collaborative development project, Ford managed to win the SPE innovation award for Safety, according to the company's press release.
With Styrons's INSPIRE long glass fiber polypropylene resin (LGF PP), Ford developed an industry first-integrated plastic bracket (for hood bump-stop and headlamp attachments) that significantly reduces the risk of head injuries. Styron's material greatly adds to absorbing the impact, consequently helping Ford to meet new US Safety regulations.
Ford used this innovation in production of the new Ford Fusion, which was launched late summer 2012. Besides, the new bracket has a new design, which consists of one part only and is entirely produced with plastics material. By using this integrated plastic bracket, the Head Injury Criterion (HIC) is reduced by approximately 30% of its original value, which enables Ford to meet the Pedestrian Protection (PedPro), a new requirement for the US automotive market.
As MRC reported earlier, Renault is now launching the New Renault Clio with a thermoplastic lift-gate made with Styron's material solutions, which consits of three parts, namely, Styron's polypropylene compound, long glass fiber polypropylene resin (LGF-PP), PP impact copolymer blended with different components.
Styron is a leading global materials company. Styron’s unique product portfolio brings together plastics, rubber and latex businesses.
Styron Automotive, a business unit of Styron Corporation LLC, delivers breakthrough innovative solutions for automotive interior and exterior components. ABS, Polycarbonate, PC/ABS, LGF PP, TPOs and elastomeric materials from Styron Automotive are helping advance applications like mid and upper consoles, instrument panels, blow molded seat backs, bumper fascias, trim, and more.