Lighten the load. Lower the cost. Reduce the footprint.
What is a major factor in operating costs? Weight. Lighter trains require less energy. Lighter buses require less fuel.
With our engineering plastics and lightweight composite systems, manufacturers can meet industry demands for energy efficiency, lower emissions, and improve fuel performance. We are providing manufacturers with more ways to use lighter materials, whether it’s during the design phase or replacing existing components. Our systems offer weight savings of up to 50 percent over conventional metals, while maintaining key strength requirements. Fast processing times also mean that these systems can be fabricated quickly to meet production demands. Our composite flooring and body panels provide weight savings throughout interior and exterior structures.
BASF makes losing weight easy
For example, semi-structural composite panels can be made from paper honeycomb cores with glass fiber and polyurethane skins. These panels are very stiff and very light and they won't sag even under elevated temperatures. A perfect solution to take weight out of luggage bins, cabin walls and ceilings and other semi-structural areas! (this only applies to interior applications)
An effective way to reduce the weight of steel parts is to down-gauge the steel and back-fill with rigid polyurethane foam. Weight savings of up to 50 per cent can be achieved while actually increasing part stiffness. We can support your product design efforts to optimize the foam to give you the lightest part while still exceeding your specifications. A minor change in the manufacturing process – a major loss of weight.