BASF is launching a new binder, Acrodur Power 2750 X, designed for the production of natural fiber composites for automotive lightweight applications such as interior car door panels or shelves.
As a low-emission alternative to formaldehyde-based reactive resins, Acrodur Power 2750 X gives natural fiber composites high mechanical stability, the company says. At the same time, the product offers thermoplastic processability and, unlike traditional thermoplastic binders based on polypropylene, it allows the use of up to 75 percent natural fibers in lightweight components.
Acrodur Power 2750 X will make natural fiber components as much as 40 percent lighter than conventional plastic products, resulting in cars that consume less fuel and have fewer carbon emissions, says BASF’s Claus Dallner.
Additionally, natural fibers bonded with Acrodur Power 2750 X can be processed using traditional thermoplastic cold-forming methods and be combined in one single process step with complex plastic elements such as reinforcing ribs or supports. The company says the product helps to save both system and process costs.