BASF Corporation will exhibit many of its automotive technologies at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 2013 Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) taking place at the Suburban Collection Showplace (Diamond Center) in Novi, Michigan on September 11 – 13, 2013. The theme of this year’s show is “Composites: Lightweighting the Cars of Tomorrow”. The show is in its thirteenth year and is considered to be the “world’s leading automotive composites forum”, attracting exhibitors, speakers and participants from around the globe.
The BASF booth will feature products specifically related to the show’s lightweighting theme including, Ultracom™ (for continuous-fiber reinforced composite parts), Ultramid® Endure (for turbo ducts), Elastoflex® thermoset innovations (for honeycomb or sandwich structures), and Acrodur® (for door panels, headliners, etc.). BASF will also present the following technical papers during the conference:
Henning Karbstein, New Business Development, Senior Specialist for Composites/Automotive at BASF, will present “Lightweight Bio-Composites with Acrodur® Resin Technology” (Thursday, September 12, 3:30 – 4:00 PM in the Bronze/Silver Room)
Calvin Nichols, Market Segment Manager for Automotive Interior & Seating at BASF, will provide an overview of “Advancing Structural Capability of Injection Molded Components with Continuous Fiber Reinforcement – Seat Pan Opel Astra OPC” (Friday, September 13, 9:00 – 9:30 AM in the Emerald/Amethyst Room)
On Tuesday, September 10, the afternoon prior to the event, approximately 50 pre-registered attendees of the conference will tour a new prototyping natural fiber-composite prepregging line and compression molding station at BASF’s Wyandotte facility. The tour will feature BASF’s unique, water-based Acrodur® acrylic latex binder resin, which permits production of composite parts with extremely high fiber volume fractions using natural fibers, glass fibers, carbon fibers and other reinforcements. The newly installed impregnation line and compression molding station will be used by BASF and its customers to develop prototype parts using this technology which is already being used in the furniture, building and construction, filter media and European automotive industries.
Ultracom™ is a trademark of BASF.
Ultramid®, Elastoflex®, and Acrodur® are registered trademarks of BASF.
About BASF’s automotive solutions
The automotive industry is one of BASF’s key customer industries, accounting for up to 15 percent of the Group’s total sales. As the world’s leading automotive supplier in the chemical industry, BASF is recognized as a reliable and competent partner by carmakers, suppliers, and the after-sales market. With a strong presence in Europe, Africa, North and South America, as well as in Asia, BASF has a global industry network. It supplies and develops functional materials and solutions that contribute to the vehicles of today and of the future. From engineering plastics, polyurethane and specialty foams, coatings and fuel additives to catalysts, battery materials, pigments, synthetic lubricants, coolants, brake fluids and chemicals for leather and textiles, BASF supplies a broad range of products for use in the automotive industry. Sales to the automotive industry in 2012 were €9.5 billion. Further information on BASF’s automotive solutions is available on the Internet at www.basf.us/automotive.
About BASF – The Chemical Company
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,600 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.5 billion in 2012. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year.
Source: BASF, press release, 2013-09-09.