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Forlì, 28 July 2016

The LITEPOL® engineering polymers with hollow glass microspheres reduce the weight of plastic parts by up to 30%, which means potential CO2 emission savings of 1000 tons per car.

LITEPOL® is the name of the new compoun​d line with hollow glass microspheres for lightweight applications presented by SO.F.TER. last October at Fakuma Exhibition. After the Polypropylene grades, already approved by FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, SO.F.TER. is now introducing the new LITEPOL B® grades based on Polyamide 6.

In the various configurations currently available, LITEPOL® products ensure weight reduction, good strength and shock resistance, shorter cycle times and exceptional dimensional stability of the molded parts.

The possibility of using glass microspheres alone or in combination with chemically bonded glass fiber allows for modulation of the material properties, achieving exactly the required goal in terms of lightness, mechanical performance and price. The focus of LITEPOL® is thus on maximum versatility and adaptability, qualities that make this product range extremely appealing for the automotive industry, especially in consideration of the new limits on CO2 emissions set at 95 g/km starting from 2021.

It has been calculated that a 30% weight reduction of the 225 kg of plastics contained in an average-sized car would result in curtailing CO2 emissions by about 1000 tons per car, considering an average mileage of 150,000 km.

LITEPOL® can be used on standard injection molding equipment and requires no technology investment by its users.

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