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How do you facilitate the use of renewable materials in trains and buses?

With our Acrodur® binding agent, we support the use of renewable raw material in the mass transit industry. Fiber composites made of wood or bast fibers such as kenaf and flax are dimensionally stable, have good fracture behavior and are lightweight. This is why more and more manufacturers use Acrodur to turn natural fibers into functional and environmentally friendly material. The product offers an alternative to formaldehyde-containing or solvent-based resins and therefore guarantees safe, simple and environmentally compatible handling.
Components made from natural fiber are not only functional and environmentally friendly, but they also offer completely new design opportunities for manufacturers. Acrodur can be combined with high-performing BASF additives such as UV stabilizers and pigments. The result is attractive and long-lasting interior surfaces in natural textures.

Henning Karbstein

Henning Karbstein

Business Development Representative
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What kind of materials work best with Acrodur?

Semi-finished products are the best candidates for use with Acrodur® because, prior to curing, they are very ductile – even after a long time in storage. They ensure easy assembly and further processing. After curing, Acrodur lends these products excellent mechanical stability, even at high temperatures.
Acrodur can be combined with water, other binder systems and additives such as surfactants, wetting agents, pigments, light stabilizers and flame retardants. This means that manufacturers can vary the required processing properties as well as the desired features of the finished product. In all cases, excellent binding properties are guaranteed.

Henning Karbstein

Henning Karbstein

Business Development Representative
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How can you help increase fuel efficiency?

Heavier vehicles require more fuel and are therefore more expensive to run. We provide manufacturers with more ways to use lighter materials, whether it's during the design phase or by replacing existing components. Our systems offer weight savings of up to 50 percent over conventional metals, while maintaining key strength requirements. Our composite flooring and body panel innovations provide weight savings throughout interior and exterior structures. With our engineering plastics and lightweight composite systems, manufacturers can meet industry demands for energy efficiency, lower emissions, and can improve fuel performance.

Ruben Del Valle

Ruben Del Valle

Sales Leader
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Can you help us with the design process?

During the design phase, we use advanced modeling and simulation technology to help designers determine how to reduce the number of component parts and to consider where they can use plastic materials to reduce weight. By building components virtually, manufacturers can more easily make changes to the design at a lower cost, while our team of application development engineers can provide guidance to help them select the best material for use in the design of trains and buses. This means that manufacturers can reduce costs because the majority of changes are completed prior to the development of a prototype or demonstrator.

Paulo Springmann

Paulo Springmann

Business Development Manager
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How do you assist with metal to plastic conversion?

Our Engineering Plastics team partners with OEMs to assist with the conversion of metal to plastic parts, participating from the very first stages of concept development. We use cutting edge Computer Aided Design (CAD) and engineering tools to analyze the design process, and identify ways to reduce the weight and cost of high performance structural components. We can also evaluate downstream variables that affect part design and function, such as shape, ease of manufacturing, disassembly, functionality, and maintenance. One example is the development of one-piece structural seat components that meet Docket 90A flammability guidelines and have an excellent surface finish. These gas-assist parts are robust, lightweight, comfortable and integrate several previous components into one solid part.

Paulo Springmann

Paulo Springmann

Business Development Manager
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