AOC LLC has debuted a low-density sheet molding compound that helps in weight savings and fuel efficiency in transportation applications.
AOC says its new SMC has specific gravity of 1.2, compared with specific gravities of 1.6 and 1.9 for medium density and standard SMC, respectively. The new grade allows 37 percent mass reduction vs. standard SMC and 46 percent weight reduction vs. steel, according to the Collierville, Tenn., company.
The low-density compound also features high strength and Class A surface finish. Several vehicle OEMs are testing the new SMC, which AOC plans to commercially produce by the end of 2014.
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