Fenders get two-cavity treatment in auto industry first


Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is molding front fenders for its 2013 Outlander Sport crossover in a two-cavity tool. Besides the weight savings, and thus fuel economy, realized by using Noryl GTX 989 resin from SABIC's Innovative Plastics business (Pittsfield, MA) instead of steel, the industry's first two-cavity mold for molding fenders allows MMC to cut cycle times in half and reduce tooling costs.

Furthermore, the molded components are the first North American fenders with integrated pedestrian head impact absorption brackets. Noryl GTX 989 is a conductive blend of polyamide (PA) and modified polyphenylene ether (PPE).

"Mitsubishi Motors is the first automotive OEM to use the new Noryl GTX resin grade, which speaks to the progressiveness of the company with new strategies that multiply the performance and cost benefits of thermoplastic fenders," said V. Umamaheswaran (UV), director of marketing, Automotive, Innovative Plastics. "By combining the performance enhancements of Noryl GTX 989 resin with the efficiency and speed of two-cavity molding, Mitsubishi Motors has taken a major step forward in automotive fender innovation."...
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