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GM, Hyundai drive home winners at SPE awards

Carmakers awarded for materials innovation


November 12, 2010
by PIC staff

DETROIT: General Motors earned a Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) award for adopting a DuPont plastic in the Cadillac CTS Ecotec Turbo engine cover.

GM won in the “most innovative use for an engine-appearance and acoustic cover” category for incorporating DuPont’s heat-aging nylon, Zytel PLUS.

Camoplast Polymer Solutions, in Richmond, Que., molded the engine-appearance and acoustic cover.

DuPont president Diane Gulyas said nearly 70 per cent of new small- and mid-sized engines set to launch between now and 2016 will use charged air induction to boost performance, according to IHS Automotive.

“This trend toward downsized, turbocharged engines to meet fuel and emissions regulations without sacrificing power drives up heat, pressure and challenges many traditional plastics,” she said.

Hyundai-Kia Motors won SPE’s Chassis Hardware award for its use of SABIC’s STAMAX long glass fiber polypropylene (LGFPP) resin in the 2011 Sonata.

SABIC resin replaced steel in all four door panels, cutting total vehicle weight by approximately four pounds, allowing 21 components to be integrated into a single injection-molded part, and streamlining five assembly processes into one.