Celanese and International Paper awarded for application of cellulose fiber-reinforced PP composite in Automotive

Celanese cellulose fiber-reinforced PP compositeCelanese Corporation and International Paper have bagged the Environmental Award for Sustainable Materials in Automotive. They jointly developed sustainable thermoplastics for an application in the Ford Motor Company’s 2018 Lincoln Continental luxury sedan.

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in Automotive has recognized the joint development and conferred the award to Celanese Corporation, and International Paper adjudged as the best companies in automotive plastics.

Representatives of Celanese, International Paper, Ford and Summit Polymers (the Tier 1 supplier and toolmaker) received the award at the 2018 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala in Livonia, Michigan on November 7, which is the oldest and largest competition of its kind in the automotive and plastics industries. Celanese has also earned the finalist recognition in the Body Exterior and Body Interior categories for its contributions in the projects.

Use of the composites combining the cellulose fiber from trees with long-glass fiber in a polypropylene matrix has achieved significant cost savings by reducing weight up to 25 percent per part.

Verghese Thomas, Celanese’s Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, said, “This innovative solution from International Paper and Celanese will enable automakers to significantly reduce emissions through improvements in material production and light-weighting. We’re excited to continue collaborating with Ford to meet their sustainability goals.”

Russell Anawalt, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Global Cellulose Fibers, commented, “International Paper creates innovative, sustainable and recyclable products that help our customers achieve their objectives. We are thrilled that the collaboration with Ford and Celanese has enabled Ford to make lighter-weight parts using International Paper’s THRIVE composite to meet all of their specifications and requirements while receiving additional environmental benefits that are cost effective for both the molder and Ford.”

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