Published On: Wed, Sep 19th, 2012

Borealis and Borouge highlight innovative material solutions and expertise for global automotive market at SPE® Automotive TPO Conference

Borealis and Borouge highlight innovative material solutions and expertise for global automotive market at SPE® Automotive TPO Conference

Borealis and Borouge highlight innovative material solutions and expertise for global automotive market at SPE® Automotive TPO Conference

To demonstrate their commitment to the North American automotive industry, Borealis and Borouge, leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, will attend the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) Automotive TPO Global Conference in Detroit. At the global conference, the companies will highlight their ability to offer innovative material solutions that help car manufacturers in the North American market as well as around the globe to achieve current and future high standards of automotive customers. During the event, which is organised by the SPE®, Borealis and Borouge will present two keynote papers, showcasing their in-depth understanding of material development and their ability to deliver value-creating polyolefin mobility solutions for manufacturers around the world.

The focus areas of the two presentations are: Innovative PP Lightweight Solutions with Excellent Dimensional Stability Michael Tranninger, Borealis Global Application Marketing Manager Business Unit Mobility, will demonstrate how Borealis’ Borstar® polypropylene (PP) process for advanced reactor thermoplastic polyolefins (rTPOs) is significantly contributing to the delivery of Borealis’ latest material and technology innovations.

Tiger Stripe Simulation
Tiger stripes, the visual periodic change of surface gloss, is a phenomenon caused by converting processes and is a general problem of thermoplastic materials including polyolefin materials. Building upon our 30 years of research, Tobias Allmendinger, Borealis Application Technology Manager Business Unit Mobility, will present the next level in prediction and material development.
“As a leading provider of lightweight plastics solutions, Borealis and Borouge continue to make significant investments so that our customers around the globe are able to benefit from our innovative grades and high service levels,” adds Harald Hammer, Borealis Vice President Business Unit Mobility. “Borealis has, in recent years, strengthened its global presence through investments such as the creation of a dedicated Borealis Automotive Team, specifically for the North American market,” he concludes.

Borealis and Borouge Mobility Business Units
Borealis and Borouge Mobility Business Units specialise in supplying advanced polyolefin plastics to leading manufactures in the automotive industry. The portfolio of products includes materials for exterior, interior and under the bonnet applications, such as bumpers, body panels, trims, dashboard, door cladding, climate control units, air intake manifolds as well as battery cases. Through close collaboration with our customers, innovative technologies and our extensive product portfolio, Borealis and Borouge have established a leading position in the automotive market across Europe, South America and Asia.

Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 7.1 billion in 2011, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,300 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas.

Through Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil and gas companies, the company’s footprint reaches out to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. Established in 1998, Borouge employs approximately 1,700 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.

Building on Borealis’ unique Borstar® and Borlink™ technologies and their more than 50 years experience in polyolefins, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and fertilizer to phenol and acetone.

Today, Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year having recently completed a 1.5 million tonne capacity expansion in Abu Dhabi. The Borouge 3 plant expansion will be completed at the end of 2013 with a further capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) being fully operational in mid-2014. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain and across the globe can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.

Borouge and Borealis are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and proactively contribute to addressing the world’s water and sanitation challenges through their Water for the World™ initiative