Lower component costs, no adjustments to the tool and secure supply of raw materials
The initial situation:
Originally, glass-fiber-reinforced PA 66 was used for the production of a switch box for an automobile manufacturer. Due to the sustained rise in the price of this material, the OEM’s supplier turned to LANXESS HPM to develop a better, more cost-effective alternative.
After testing the required mechanical properties, the development team opted for a Durethan BKV35H2.0 (PA 6 with 35% glass fibers). By increasing the proportion of glass fibers, all the required mechanical properties and dimensional requirements were met – without having to make any changes to the existing tool. The switch box produced in this way was sent to the automobile manufacturer for evaluation.
The new switch box passed all necessary tests and was released for production. The supplier has thus achieved a significant optimization in component costs without functional losses – and with PA 6 as the input material, the reliable supply of raw materials is also ensured.