Hexion Partners with Rassini for composite leaf spring application in New Ford F-150 model

June 08 2021

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (June 1, 2021) An EPIKOTE epoxy resin system from Hexion Inc. (“Hexion”) has been specified by Rassini for an innovative rear suspension system found in Ford Motor Company’s new 2021 model of the F-150 pickup truck.

Rassini has developed and manufactures the hybrid rear suspension, which consists of a parabolic main steel leaf supported by a composite helper, at its Piedras Negras (Coahuila Mexico) location. With this hybrid suspension, the same stiffness and durability as a conventional multi-steel leaf spring pack is achieved, while realizing a significant weight reduction of 16 kilograms. In addition to the positive impact this has on the vehicle’s overall carbon footprint and payload increase, the lighter weight component leaves provide a smoother engagement, less friction and noise.

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