Luc Govaerts

Simply Auto: 2021 was one other memorable 12 months for everybody and for all kinds of causes. We had a bumpy restoration from the worst of the Covid pandemic, however the automotive trade was additionally hammered by a scarcity of semiconductor elements. In your small business, what stand out as the largest challenges you confronted this 12 months?

LG: We noticed a rising demand from the automotive worth chain bringing new alternatives for specialty supplies. The scarcity of incumbent supplies creates alternatives for prime efficiency thermoplastics that may meet advanced thermal, mechanical, electrical and optical necessities. Nevertheless, in an atmosphere that’s altering so quickly, it’s essential that we perceive the vital technical necessities for rising functions. We have now world-class predictive engineering capabilities to establish how our supplies can efficiently assist new designs, meet stringent regulatory calls for, and change metals. These options are particularly current in areas associated to enabling a decrease carbon footprint, accelerating electrification and constructing a dependable charging infrastructure. Moreover, we’re working to assist the automotive trade in implementing regulatory modifications requiring new sensor applied sciences for ADAS parts, elevated fireplace resistance and different enhancements in automobile security.

JA: Any excessive spots or specific successes you’d prefer to share?

LG: We do have a number of success tales to share:

  1. Within the EV section, our contributions come from specialty options that ship enhanced properties and include recycled or bio-renewable feedstock.
  2. Within the space of sensors, we developed LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ WFC06I and WFC06IXP compounds to assist designers of Superior Driver Help Techniques (ADAS), comparable to radar items, meet objectives associated to dimension and weight discount, sign transmission accuracy and reliability enhancements, and seamless integration with automobiles.
  3. By way of fireplace security, our new NORYL™ NHP6011 and NHP6012 resins present best-in-class, non-chlorinated/non-brominated flame retardancy to realize strict UL 94 V-0 rankings at 1.5 mm whereas enabling EV batteries to be constructed with excessive stiffness and influence power for crash safety.
  4. One other spotlight is SABIC’s newly launched portfolio of bio-based ULTEM™ resins, the world’s first licensed renewable high-performance amorphous thermoplastics with Worldwide Sustainability and Carbon Certification Plus (ISCC+) accreditation. These sustainability pushed specialty supplies are a drop-in resolution for producers nonetheless utilizing PEI constituted of virgin feedstock. They provide a seamless technique of lowering the carbon footprint of automotive functions the place excessive temperature, dimensional stability or demanding mechanical efficiency is required, with out the necessity to spend money on new tooling.
  5. We collaborated with EconCore, a worldwide chief in honeycomb applied sciences, who has developed new honeycomb cores for laminated sandwich panels made with SABIC’s NORYL™ GTX™ resin, a polyphenylene ether (PPE) mix. The brand new cores supply increased warmth efficiency, higher dimensional stability and decrease water absorption in comparison with honeycomb constructions made with conventional thermoplastics. These properties allow the brand new core materials for use in demanding functions comparable to sure automotive, e-mobility and photovoltaic parts. Moreover, end-of-life recycling could be facilitated by combining this new honeycomb core know-how with thermoplastic composite skins to supply all-thermoplastic sandwich panels.

JA: How are you feeling about 2022 – each when it comes to enterprise prospects and extra typically?

LG: In July, the European Fee introduced the Match for 55 local weather package deal, proposing a CO2 discount goal for vehicles of 55% by 2030, primarily based on 2021 ranges. In line with the European Vehicle Producers Affiliation, or ACEA, this might be very difficult, and definitely requires a corresponding binding goal for member states to construct up the required charging and refueling infrastructure.

As we speak, there are roughly 230,000 charging stations in Europe, most of them concentrated in 5 nations. To realize a 55% CO2 discount, ACEA estimates {that a} whole of 6 million publicly obtainable charging factors must be distributed throughout the EU, with considerably elevated efforts by all stakeholders – together with member states and all concerned sectors.

Specialty supplies can present glorious influence efficiency, weatherability and chemical resistance, serving to OEMs create secure and sturdy vitality storage and provide gear. SABIC is working with main producers to allow the quick roll out of dependable charging stations, batteries and parts for dwelling and public use that may assist broaden the EV provide gear community and promote sooner shopper adoption of electrical automobiles.

Current research have revealed that as much as 70% of EV homeowners have a tendency to purchase one other EV. The variety of new EV fashions will improve from 24 in 2020 as much as 168 in 2025. We proceed to assist producers unleash some great benefits of our superior thermoplastics portfolio and our utility growth experience. Our options and providers enable designers to combine elements and open design potentialities for brand new automotive parts that may be extra effectively made, assembled and used.

Our technological benefit comes from many years of buyer intimacy in Automotive and Electrical industries. The electrification of the automotive market is a convergence of each industries and SABIC brings the data and portfolio to assist OEMs obtain vitality effectivity, security, and a differentiated driver’s expertise.

JA: Is something rising as a specific concern when it comes to the outlook?

LG: We acknowledge that we’re nonetheless dwelling in unprecedented instances with this international pandemic, with all of the potential disruptions together with uncertainties within the international provide chain. Via all of it, SABIC’s Specialties enterprise has been a dependable provider, delivering distinctive worth and fixing our clients’ laborious challenges.

Journey bans have impacted the private presence of our clients in our labs. In-person conferences are an essential interplay after we assist our clients in bringing innovation to their new merchandise. So we established a reside streaming service from our labs, by way of which our clients join immediately with our scientists and examine testing in actual time. This implies they’ll expertise our know-how capabilities situated in numerous areas just about and use them to carry new merchandise sooner to market.

JA: Do you’ve a message for Simply Auto’s readers?

LG: Collaboration is key, particularly in instances of change. Constructing a carbon impartial future and local weather resilience is a problem to all members within the worth chain of e-mobility. SABIC is dedicated to delivering the novel materials science for future applied sciences, enabling decrease carbon emissions and advancing the circularity of plastics, whereas bettering the best way we journey, join, and reside.