Exotic resin replaces metal in gear shift lever


A leading automotive OEM in Europe is now using a polyphthalamide (PPA) compound from Evonik Industries (Darmstadt, Germany) in the serial production of a gearshift lever part, thereby enabling metal replacement and lightweighting. Turkish company Eurotec Engineering Plastics AS (Corlu) compounded Vestamid HTplus specifically for this purpose.

"Our decision in favor of Vestamid HTplus M1000 was based on its good processing characteristics and the outstanding mechanical properties of the material," says Reha Gür, commercial director at Eurotec. "This allowed us to offer the OEM a customized product based on their future expectations that not only weighs less, but is also more economical than the previous solution."...
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