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Celanese Recognized for Engineered Materials Critical to Safety, Auto Body Exterior
DALLAS and DETROIT–Celanese Corporation (CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, recently earned top plastic and automotive industry recognition from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in two categories– Safety and Body Exterior– as the materials supplier for award-winning components of the new 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup. The awards were presented at the 46th Annual SPE Automotive Division Innovation Awards Gala, held in Detroit in November for more than 700 innovators, engineers, and scientists from throughout the industry.
"As we consider this year's theme, 'Plastics: Innovation in Motion,' we see continued trends of light-weighting, appearance solutions and cost reduction, and a renewed interest in E&E/sensor technologies," said Dr. Verghese Thomas, vice president and chief technology and innovation officer for Celanese, while highlighting how the award finalists aligned with several key auto industry trends..
Each Celanese engineered material reflects nearly a century of technical expertise as well as industry experience and a global perspective. Celanese engineers work locally with automotive OEMs, tier suppliers, and molders around the world to learn their specific needs and identify the right polymers to simplify part design, reduce weight, and improve durability while reducing costs and development time.
Celanese supplied material for three projects selected as finalists by SPE; two of those projects by the Ford Motor Company won in the categories of Safety and Body Exterior.
For the first of the two innovations found in the 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup, Celanese supplied materials that replaced magnesium with a polymer composite in a front row seating application, which won in the innovative Safety Category. The application combined a structural seat-cushion frame and under-seat storage lid for the front row center, 20 percent seat with integrated restraint system.
In the Body Exterior category, Celanese was recognized for its contribution to the structural front end module. The company supplied materials for an all-composite design without metallic reinforcement and the first active grille shutter (AGS)-capable, injection-molded LFT-PP front-end module (FEM) bolster used on a heavy-duty pickup platform.
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