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New SUV model picks up polyolefin. (Case in point: plastics).

The protective moldings atop the side rails and tailgate surrounding the cargo box on the Ford Explorer Sport Trac are injection molded with Sequel 1514 engineered polyolefin from Solvay Engineered Polymers. The material is the newest member of the Sequel 1500 Series of polyolefins, which are designed to exhibit mar resistance superior to that of traditional thermoplastic polyolefins. The material was optimized for the vehicle to protect against stone, gravel, and concrete. Sequel 1514 allowed Ford to use molding cycle times that were shorter than traditional methods. In addition, the material exhibited better flow characteristics that permitted part thickness to be reduced from 3.5 to 3 mm, shrinking both the amount of material used as well as the weight of the parts.

More information on Sequel 1514 is available by contacting Solvay, 1200 Harmon Rd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326 or calling (248) 391-9500.

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Title Annotation:Solvay Engineered Polymers
Publication:Product Design & Development
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2001
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