2013 Altair Enlighten Award Winners & Nominees

13th August 2013

2013 Winner: BASF Composite Front Seat Pan

Chemical company BASF Corporation won the inaugural Altair Enlighten Award competition for the development of its thermoplastic composite front seat pan (by GM Opel, BASF). BASF was presented with the award during the opening session of the 2013 CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS), in Traverse City, Mich.

The front seat pan utilizes a continuous thermoplastic fiber laminate for the structural stiffness. The laminate is inserted into an injection molding press where it is formed to final net shape and 3-d ribbing/attachment features are added. This is the world’s first serial front seat auto seat pan based on this manufacturing technology. The injection molding process and materials yield a cost neutral component with a reduced packaging space. The novel manufacturing and materials technology translate not only to all front seats but also to additional crash components.

  • First production part made from continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite with Ultramid from BASF
  • 45% weight reduction per seat (1.5 kg reduced to 0.8 kg) for GM/Opel Astra Sport Coup 2013
  • The injection molding process and materials yield a cost neutral component with a reduced packaging space
  • Metal substitution with glass fiber composite laminate while still achieving performance requirements for crash and long-term fatigue

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