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Borealis grades enhance Fiat Professional Ducato exterior and interior parts

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Fiat Professional, a Brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Italy, is the stand out professional in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) industry, providing a wide range of transport solutions. The Fiat Professional brand is entirely dedicated to the light commercial vehicle market, with a product line-up that has recently undergone a complete renewal. Setting a new industry standard when it was launched in 1981, the Ducato is now available in more than 80 countries around the world. The Ducato is – with more than 70 percent share – segment leader in Europe and in the recreational vehicle segment.

The Ducato is manufactured at the largest LCV plant in Europe, the Sevel (“Sevel” being an acronym for for Società Europea Veicoli Leggeri") in Atessa Val Di Sangro, Italy. This vast production site is operated as a joint venture between FCA and the PSA Group. In 2019, it reached a new production high, with 1200 different model variants and a total of 293,000 vehicles manufactured, including the Fiat Professional Ducato, Citroën Jumper and the Peugeot Boxer.

Thanks to especially close collaboration among FCA and Borealis team members in Italy, an increasing number and volume of Borealis grades are finding their way into the Fiat Professional Ducato. The Borealis Automotive team has in recent years intensified its involvement with the FCA team and the Sevel manufacturing site in order to identify the best solutions for their needs. In this instance, two high-quality and robust Borealis Daplen™ grades fit the bill.

Daplen™ makes a difference: 18 kg for a lighter Fiat Professional Ducato

A first Daplen grade was selected for the dashboard interior application due to its excellent scratch resistance and good surface aesthetics. For exterior applications, including bumpers, another Daplen grade was chosen on the basis of its ability to deliver not only outstanding scratch resistance, but also low gloss and an excellent impact/stiffness ratio. Altogether, around 18 kg of Daplen grades may be found in the Fiat Professional Ducato.

“Borealis’ strength is our global reach, yet local presence. We are pleased that our efforts to build rapport with our customers on site has enabled us to form a robust network of contacts in the region”. “With Daplen inside, the Ducato can become an even bigger bestseller for Fiat Professional.”

Raimondo Maglione (Borealis Sales Manager, Italy)

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