Chinaplas 2013: More opportunities for auto-grade PP in underhood and structural apps

Chinese automakers have traditionally been a step behind European marques when it comes to polypropylene (PP) usage, employing an average of 45-55 kg per vehicles compared with 60-65 kg for a VW vehicle made in China. This is primarily due to smaller vehicle sizes but even in larger Chinese vehicles, there is limited application in structural components. Moving forward, however, local OEMs such as Chery and Chang'an Automobile are looking to use higher levels of PP performance materials, realizing they, too, need to improve fuel efficiency and lower emissions if they are to be successful in home and export markets.

This was revealed by Umberto Granata, Vice President, Marketing Centre Mobility at Borouge Sales and Marketing (Shanghai) Co. in an interview at the recent Chinaplas show. Borouge compounds PP in China at a site in Shanghai with capacity of 50,000 tonnes/yr. This will be expanded to 90,000 tonnes/yr by the end of 2014 according to Granata, to tap growing demand for automotive PP compounds in China....

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