The new Ford Kuga crossover is the first Ford-branded vehicle on the road with plastic fenders molded from SABIC Innovative Plastics’ lightweight, impact-resistant, and recyclable Noryl GTX resin. Manufacturing the front fenders from Noryl GTX resin cut the Kuga’s weight by 2.0 kg compared to steel.
SABIC Innovative Plastics’ Noryl GTX resin can withstand the high temperatures required during the painting process, enabling Ford to utilize its normal on-line body painting process without special handling, and ensuring a color match with the rest of the car’s body. Noryl GTX resin is also conductive, allowing high paint-transfer efficiency during the painting process and avoiding the added cost of pre-painting with a conductive primer. Further, the use of thermoplastics significantly expands design options vs. stamped sheet metal.
Noryl GTX blends polyamide (PA) and modified polyphenylene ether (PPE) polymer technologies, combining the dimensional stability, low-water absorption, and heat resistance of PPE with the chemical resistance and flow of PA. The result is an extremely chemically resistant material with the stiffness, impact resistance, and heat performance required for on-line painting.
The Kuga also features Ford’s first production energy absorber for pedestrian protection, molded of lightweight Xenoy resin and uses SABIC STAMAX long-glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene product in the tailgate inner structure.