September 29, 2008
ExxonMobil Chemical’s Exxtral Performance Polyolefins Specified for Interiors of New Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner
ExxonMobil Chemical's Exxtral(TM) performance polyolefins have been specified for four interior components of the new Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner manufactured by PSA Peugeot Citroen Group. The components include the instrument panel, door panel, and upper and lower trim.
PSA Peugeot Citroen Group is the first automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to specify ExxonMobil Chemical's Exxtral BMU141 polyolefin for use in instrument panels. Exxtral polyolefin was selected because it offers a unique balance of impact strength and stiffness and is easy to mold.
"The development of the Berlingo and Partner instrument panels is an excellent example of collaboration with the automotive OEM and the Tier One supplier. Our global network of product, application and technical service engineers works closely with our customers, helping them improve their processes and components," said Jim R. McKinley, global manager, ExxonMobil Chemical specialty compounds business. "This helps facilitate application development delivering parts more quickly to the marketplace."
Exxtral performance polyolefins also have been specified for the door panel and upper and lower trim because they offer a lightweight alternative to other materials used in these applications. Providing design flexibility for part consolidation, these polyolefins are replacing difficult to recycle material combinations of more costly engineered thermoplastics.
Exxtral performance polyolefins are becoming increasingly popular with automotive designers and processors looking for new materials that offer reductions in weight without sacrificing strength as well as excellent surface appearance, paintability or the ability to mold-in color. They are durable in adverse conditions and competitively priced. They also provide outstanding surface hardness, good "fit and finish" characteristics and fast cycle times.
According to PSA Peugeot Citroen Group, the Berlingo is the benchmark and European leader in the ludospace(a) category. The new Berlingo is described as an authentic all-rounder that meets the growing demand for freedom and versatility in use. It retains the ultra-functional, family-friendly character of the original and strengthens its personality with dynamic up-market styling. Stylish, dynamic and robust, it possesses refined interior styling that is both modern and hard-wearing. Citroen has used premium materials that give the cabin a prestigious feel.
(a) A ludospace is a medium size, recreational, light utility vehicle.
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About PSA Peugeot Citroen
PSA Peugeot Citroen is a world-class European automobile manufacturer, supported by two broadline marques, Peugeot and Citroen. With marketing operations in 150 countries, the Group generates one third of its unit sales outside Western Europe and is actively expanding its business in such fast growing markets as China, the Mercosur region and Russia.
PSA Peugeot Citroen is building its growth on a powerful concept: two marques, each with its own brand identity and core values but sharing the same manufacturing, technological and management expertise and capabilities. This synergy between Peugeot and Citroen enhances the efficiency of a manufacturing base aligned around a unified production system. Already Europe's leading manufacturer of low-emission cars, the Group is constantly innovating to offer customers cars that are both environmentally friendly and a pleasure to drive. For more information visit: www.psa-peugeot-citroen.com
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