FULL-THERMOPLASTIC, MONO-MATERIAL LIFT-GATE EVER PRODUCED IN SERIES ON A COMMERCIAL VEHICLE FEATURED IN THE NEW RENAULT CLIO.
Styron, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, has unveiled the first full-thermoplastic, mono material lift-gate ever produced in series on a commercial vehicle featured in the New Renault Clio.
Styron has been working closely together with Renault for many years. When the French OEM approached Styron to collaborate on producing a new lift-gate for the New Renault Clio that would not only target a weight reduction of 10 percent but would also be easily recyclable, the Styron Sales and Engineering Teams had an exciting, new development project on their hands.
Styron played an important role from concept development to production of the final part:
Whereas both teams collaborated closely in the engineering phase to design the right structural part of the lift-gate, Styron also brought in its expertise in the material development implementation phase to select and test the materials required to fulfill the specific requirements for a lift-gate. To achieve this, extensive process simulation has been conducted at Styron’s global Application Engineering & Design Centre (AEDC).
After a two-year development project with Styron, Renault is now launching the New Renault Clio with a thermoplastic lift gate made with Styron’s material solutions. The lift-gate is manufactured in thermoplastic from three separate parts.
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