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16th September 2016, Brussels

Solvay awarded for BMW M4 GTS Hood

Solvay, a global leader in lightweighting solutions for automotive, has received the prestigious 2016 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Process Innovation Award for the Most Innovative Composite Part. The award is for the BMW M4 GTS Hood manufactured from Solvay’s materials and processes, in collaboration with C-Con and Läpple.

The hood was pressed using Solvay’s new rapid cure thermoset resin system MTR 760, which is said to offer 40% weight reduction over traditional materials. The significant weight reduction combined with successful head impact crash tests and functional tests, Class-A finish and the ability to use existing metal stamping assets for composite production made MTRTM 760 the ideal material for the application, the company reports.

Solvay received the prestigious 2016 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Process Innovation Award. © Solvay

The material properties enabled a manufacturing process that can produce complex 3D shapes in a cost efficient way. C-Con (development, tooling and system leading supplier) and Läpple (pressing and bonding) worked closely with Solvay and reached automated serial production only 9 months after the start of the project, which is a testament to the great collaboration between the project partners, Solvay adds.

The hood was pressed using Solvay’s new rapid cure thermoset resin system MTR 760. © Solvay

“We are honoured to receive this innovation award from SPE for an application we are very proud of,” said Gerald Perrin, Solvay Composite Materials Global Automotive Director. “At Solvay we are committed to working with the OEMs and their composites part manufacturers to develop materials and processes to enable the volume manufacture of composite structures for serial automotive”.

The BMW M4 GTS Hood was manufactured from Solvay’s materials and processes, in collaboration with C-Con and Läpple. © Solvay

Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with over 30,900 employees spread across 53 countries. It generated proforma net sales of € 12.4 billion in 2015, with 90% made from activities where it ranks among the world’s top three players.

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