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Pedestrian Safety Undertray Molded from SABIC’s Xenoy iQ* Resin Helps Ford C-MAX
Xenoy iQ* resin from SABIC’s Innovative Plastics strategic business unit – chosen by Ford for the pedestrian safety system of its 2011 C-MAX multipurpose vehicle (MPV)
“We applaud Ford’s ongoing efforts to deliver top crash test ratings, and we’re pleased that Euro NCAP has recognized the C-MAX model for solid safety performance,”
Enhancing Pedestrian Protection
Euro NCAP began rating vehicles for the level of pedestrian protection in case of impact in the early 2000s. Euro NCAP testers assess how well each vehicle is designed to minimize head and leg injuries for adult or child pedestrians in various accident scenarios.
The Ford C-MAX lower leg protector/undertray design provides balanced energy management for the vehicle’s front end and resilience for controlled kinematics of the lower leg during pedestrian impact with the bumper. Faurecia, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, worked with Ford to design and optimize the pedestrian protection system.
“Xenoy iQ resin enhanced the design and performance of this system by delivering excellent energy absorption properties,”
This combination of high strength, lightweight and excellent elongation is not possible with more brittle, glass fiber- or talc-filled materials. Another benefit of using Xenoy iQ resin is its resistance to chipping from road debris. Finally, the resin’s ease of processing, high flow and low warpage enabled the team to create a large, complex, injection-molded part that incorporates strategically-
Minimizing Environmental Impact
In addition to inherent energy-absorbing properties for enhanced safety, Xenoy iQ resin reduces impact on the environment and helps Ford lower the overall carbon footprint of the C-MAX vehicle.
The resin – upcycled from up to 60 percent post-consumer plastic waste – not only relieves the burden on landfills, but also reduces the amount of hydrocarbon-
For additional information on SABIC’s Xenoy iQ resin, please go to www.sabicauto.com or www.sabic-ip.com. For technical product inquiries, please contact us at www.sabic-ip.com/
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About Innovative Plastics
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics strategic business unit is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with an 80-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-