Borealis and Borouge are driving innovations in car materials. Working with vehicle manufacturers and other value chain partners, we are dedicated to realising tangible benefits for the industry, drivers, and the environment.
In addition to our cutting-edge innovation, we offer our partners the assurance of unrivalled quality control and a global footprint.
Fibremod™, our family of fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) solutions, enables car manufacturers to realise significant weight and cost savings, while improving part performance.
Suitable for a wide range of applications, Fibremod makes parts lightweight, stronger and better able to withstand impacts than alternative materials.
Fibremod™ delivers significant sustainability benefits, both during processing and in the finished product.
Compared to polyamide and other materials, Fibremod has a lower processing temperature and therefore reduced energy requirements in production.
Since a Fibremod part is lighter than the same part made of alternative materials, the total weight of a vehicle and consequently its fuel consumption are also lowered.
In addition to our standard range of short and long glass fibre (SGF and LGF) compounds, we offer tailor-made solutions at the cutting-edge of innovation, including a new range of carbon fibre PP compounds bringing ultra-lightweight and extreme stiffness.
Using Borealis’ proprietary Fibremod process technology, we are able to customise polypropylene grades to meet or exceed the specific requirements of individual customer projects.
Fibremod™ GB306SAF, a 35% SGF reinforced high performance PP compound (patented composition).
Instrument panel carrier: a custom PP-LGF 30% compound resulting from a specially developed dilution system based on 50% Fibremod™ GB601HP and 50% BE677AI.
Airbag chute: ready-to-use Fibremod™ GB303HP, a 30% LGF-reinforced PP compound.
Extensive R&D collaboration between the customer and Borealis made it possible to fine-tune the dilution process to fulfil the specified property demands and to combine the IP carrier with the airbag chute.
Custom PP-LGF 30% compound
Our PCR Borcycle™ grades have been conceived for interior, exterior and under-the-bonnet applications and incorporate post-consumer recycled (PCR) content for a lower environmental impact.
Originally developed by Borealis in Europe, these ready-made PCR Borcycle™ grades combine virgin polypropylene with high-quality reclaimed materials.
They are safe to use and provide a material performance and cost efficiency equal to virgin materials.
We have conquered the challenges associated with sourcing and processing recycled content.
As a result, our automotive customers and partners can rely on a steady supply of our resource-efficient Borcycle™ grades with consistent high quality.
Primerless paint systems for exterior plastic car parts are on the rise because they reduce cycle times and system costs, thus enabling a more sustainable production solution.
However, a two-step paint process – colour and clear coat – imposes stringent criteria on both polymer and paint.
To ensure consistent high-quality results, the polymer and the paint system have to be fine-tuned and adapted to each other. Both production processes need to be reliable and robust, ruling out any fluctuations to guarantee optimal paint adhesion.
We want to help our automotive value chain partners successfully apply primerless paint systems to realise cost and time savings. That is why Borealis has set up a major R&D programme to develop new bumper and body panel compounds specifically for two-layer paint systems.
To help automotive tier suppliers and OEMs achieve a premium surface appearance, Borealis introduced a next generation of polypropylene compounds. Based on the latest Borstar® technology polymers, these PP compounds prevent flow marks across a very broad processing window.
Injection moulded thermoplastic materials are frequently scarred by flow marks, also known as tiger stripes. These surface defects have a negative impact on the aesthetic quality of unpainted parts with production and cost implications.
Moulding parts in colour reduces production time and cost by eliminating paint cycles, therefore creating a more sustainable production process.
In addition, moulded-in-colour solutions offer very good scratch resistance, high dimensional stability, an excellent balance between impact and stiffness, and zero gap tolerance.
We understand the importance of getting the colour right. Our experts therefore cooperate with pigment suppliers to develop tailored colour specifications for our automotive polypropylene compounds.
Even special effects created with more expensive alternative materials, such as metallic effects, can be imitated by our coloured PP grades.
Borealis and Borouge have a global footprint, providing tailored support to automotive tiers and OEM partners around the world.
We have 16 production sites making polyolefins for many different applications. Several of our European, Asian, North and South American plants produce specific thermoplastic polyolefins and polypropylene compounds for the automotive industry.
Our automotive innovation and product development capabilities are located in key markets to facilitate close cooperation with our global automotive value chain partners.
Borealis and Borouge have dedicated customer teams in key global automotive locations, which can provide industry-leading technical, sales and development support to automotive tiers and OEM partners at their own sites.
We are constantly investing in upgrading and expanding our supply and development capabilities to ensure we continue to meet the demands of our automotive partners.
The new Borealis polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Taylorsville, North Carolina, has come on stream during Q1 2019, right on schedule. Its successful start-up signals the beginning of a new era for Borealis and Borouge in North America: an additional 30 kt has now been added to global PP compounding capacity with supply capability for thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) and short glass fibre (SGF) compounds. Located in the booming southeastern region of the US, the site has been designed to fulfil the growing needs of Automotive OEMs and Tier 1 customers for advanced PP solutions. The 50,000 square foot (4,645 m2) facility, equipped with rail siding, offers potential for expansion in line with projected mid-term increases in customer demand.
Borealis enhanced its production capabilities at its compounding location in Port Murray, New Jersey in 2016, adding a PP compound line. The line adds capacity to the site for the production of PP TPO compounds. The site has long been a location for the production of compounds for use in energy transmission applications, including flame retardant wire and capable in automotive.
Not long ago our plant in Itatiba was expanded with an additional production building, two state-of-the-art PP compounding extruders, blending and raw material silos, warehouse facilities and a bagging line. Itatiba produces high performance, high-quality PP compounds for the South American operations of leading automotive tiers and OEM partners.