LANXESS Tepex for Car Engine Undertrays

October 23 2017

A major German car manufacturer is equipping the first vehicles of various model series that are delivered to countries with poor road infrastructure with an engine undertray made of a particularly robust thermoplastic composite construction. This consists of the continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite Tepex dynalite from LANXESS combined with a DLFT (direct long fiber thermoplastic) mass. The new component also results in significant weight savings. The engine tray in the Tepex-DLFT composite design is over 60 percent lighter than an equivalent component made of steel, and up to 20 percent lighter when the new material is substituted for aluminum.

The engine undertray is manufactured by GSI Deutschland GmbH, based in Horgertshausen, Germany. The component solution with Tepex and DLFT was developed by the POLYTEC GROUP, headquartered in Austria, in collaboration with LANXESS.

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