SINGAPORE (Oct. 31, 2:15 p.m. ET) — BASF South East Asia Pte Ltd. recently highlighted the company's work on an automobile wheel concept that features a rim made from engineering plastics.
BASF is using Ultrasim in designing the lightweight polymer and fiberglass wheel rim, for which various tests were being conducted including load deformation and stress, said Andy Postlethwaite, senior vice president for engineering plastics in Asia Pacific.
The polymer wheel rim from Ultramid Structure is being tested at Daimler, Postlethwaite said at a recent media briefing in Singapore.
Ludwigshafen, Germany- based BASF SE has already provided some of the heavy-duty plastics products in major cars. The company cited examples incuding a lower bumper stiffner being used in Opel, an oil pan used by Ford, the cross beam used by BMW, an engine mount used by Opel, structural inserts used by Peugeot and a front end carrier that's currently under development as a pilot project.