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Materials from Evonik have long been improving automobile construction—especially when it comes to boosting resource-saving mobility.
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Besides enhancing comfort and increasing safety, every new generation of vehicles in the automobile market has also grown in terms of weight. For example, in the early 1980s an average midrange model weighed half a ton less than a comparable vehicle from 2010. this is a trend that should be stopped—without making any sacrifices in terms of equipment, comfort or safety. Customers' environmental awareness and the legal upper limits for emissions are the drivers of a real "dieting trend" in the automotive sector.
Lightweight yet high-performance composite materials are increasingly replacing steel in automobile bodies and chassis. Extremely durable plastics are doing the same in engines, transmissions, and exhaust systems. and the know-how of Evonik industries is helping to make it all possible. nonetheless, lightweight construction alone is not enough to make individual mobility and automobile design more sustainable. the smart use of materials is also helping to lengthen the life of structural components, make vehicles more recyclable, and focus on sustainability when choosing raw materials.
For example, thanks to special additives car paints can now be used more sparingly and with less environmental impact, even as they protect vehicles from wear and tear more effectively. other components are produced directly from renewable raw materials. Sophisticated chemistry in tires and lubricants directly helps to save on fuel. lEds in smart headlights and PLEXIGLAS® in automotive glazing that improves interior air quality enhance comfort while reducing the load on batteries and air conditioning systems. today about a third of the materials in cars already come from the toolbox of modern chemistry, and this proportion is increasing. thanks to its fresh new look at the big picture and its innovative and detailed expert solutions, Evonik is driving this trend toward greater sustainability in every aspect of automobiles.