Automotive Application

 

Clean Energy Application

Asahi Kasei in Automotive

Mobility has always been vital to human beings. Whether it be walking, riding horses, taking trains, or driving cars, mobility is based on the technology around us. And because this technology has changed drastically in the last decade, we are here to propose new solutions to the industry.

 

 

Automotive Exterior

DURANATETM (HDI-based polyisocyanate): body paint additives

DURANATETM is an HDI-based product with excellent weatherability, which is supplied worldwide in a broad spectrum of types and grades. Its outstanding properties and performance make it a class-leader in weather-resistant paints and coatings, printing inks, adhesives, pressure sensitive adhesives, resins, elastomers, and electric materials for automotive, architectural, electronic, industrial, and many other fields of application.

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DURANOLTM (polycarbonatediol): body paint additives

DURANOLTM is a high performance polyol which provides high flexibility, excellent durability, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance and better appearance for automotive exterior coatings.

In terms of processbility, DURANOLTM has a good solubility to various solvents and low viscosity character, especially the liquid type. Due to these features, DURANOLTM contributes to reducing the amounts of solvents in both solvent-borne and water-borne coatings. DURANOLTM is the choice for Green Technology.

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Asahi Kasei Aluminium Paste: body paint raw materials

“For Designs that shine…” a palette of brilliance and sparkle, glint and gleam, light and shade, nuance and tone.

Asahi Kasei Aluminium Paste provides a broad range of metallic pigments, which differentiate in brightness, sparkle, smoothness, flip-flop, hiding-power, and chemical resistance. We are the global leader in terms of high design grades and particle treatment technology for highly distinctive and pleasing coated surface optical effects and designs.

Through our advanced technology, we respond to the expanding and diverse demands of today’s market.

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LEONATM (polyamide 66 based compounds): door mirror stays, roof rails and other structural parts


Polyamide 66 is one of the most important engineering plastics in the world due to its strength, heat-, oil-, and abrasion resistance, and workability, and we have modified it further with our innovative polymerization technologies to add more value. The LEONA 90G series is a PA66/6I copolymer, designed to have an excellent surface appearance even though the material contains up to 60wt% glass fibers. Due to these characteristics, the LEONA 90G series is widely used in door mirrors, roof rails, HVAC vanes and other structural parts.

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Automotive Interior

ELTAS (polyester, nylon spunbond synthetic continuous-filament Nonwovens): sheet skin lining

ELTAS is used in automotive applications such as backing cloth for seats, due to its light weight, high degree of elasticity, superiority in low load elasticity based on polymer blend technology, and outstanding track record in Japan.

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DURANOLTM (polycarbonatediol): polyurethane raw material

DURANOLTM is a high performance polyol which provides excellent durability for car interior parts, while optimizing softness and toughness.
This Duranol-based polyurethane has excellent hydrolysis resistance, chemical resistance and abrasion resistance, thus contributing to improved durability of car sheets and interior parts.

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TENACTM (polyacetal) metallic / ultra-low VOC / ultra-high viscosity homopolymer

TENAC high brightness metallic-colored grades makes it possible to have a good appearance without using paint. . This material is used in automotive interior parts such as inside door handles due to its good appearance and low emission characteristics. Eliminating the painting process also contributes to the reduction of production costs and environmental load.

Its various mechanical usages, and the durability of ultra-high viscosity homopolymer grades allow us to replace metal carrier plates, while improving the product characteristics and life-spans. In addition, reduction of thickness and weight with this grade provides the flexibility of product designs.

Low VOC grades are widely used in interior parts, such as seat belt retractors, buckles and clips. The highest level of low emission characteristics in the industry provides safety and comfort in car interior spaces. Low VOC grades show as good of physical properties as those of conventional TENAC, and consist of a variety of grade lineups according to every application.

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THERMYLENE® (polypropylene compounds): door inside module, door handle bracket and other structural parts

Thermylene represents our family of specialty chemically coupled glass reinforced polypropylenes (PP). When chemical coupling technology is applied to glass fiber reinforced polypropylene, significant improvements are seen across a number of key physical attributes. The enhanced properties of these polymers yield an extremely attractive cost/performance balance when compared to traditional engineering thermoplastics.

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LEONATM (polyamide 66 based compounds) with CAE technology: pedals, brackets and other structural parts

Polyamide 66 is one of the most important engineering plastics in the world due to its strength, heat-, oil-, and abraision resistance, and workability, but our strength lies not only in chemical engineering, but also in CAE analysis.

At Asahi Kasei, we design, customize and optimize your parts to achieve the best weight reduction possible, using our high precision, advanced resin CAE technology.
One of our ultra-light weight, high rigidity, and long lifespan resin pedal brackets achieved 68% weight reduction compared to metal using Asahi Kasei’s CAE technology and LEONA glass-filled material.

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XYRONTM (modified PPE resin): automotive cameras

XYRON (modified polyphenylene ether, or "mPPE") is an engineering plastic with very unique properties, which is used as a polymer alloy in combination with other materials such as PS, PA, PP, PPS. As the 2nd largest manufacturer, we are able to provide reliable products to our customers all over the world. We offer suitable grades for lens barrels and barrel holders for automotive cameras, with a wide range line-up in terms of good heat resistance, excellent dimensional stability by low coefficient of linear thermal expansion and low water absorption.

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Automotive Battery

Hipore (wet process lithium-ion battery separator)

Hipore is Asahi Kasei’s polyolefin flat-film membrane, used in a wide range of high-technology fields, such as lithium ion battery separators.

Flat-film membranes look like plastic films, but are actually filled with microscopic pores. The Hipore is a high-performance microporous film membrane with a wide range of thicknesses and highly uniform pores.

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Celgard (dry process lithium-ion battery separator)

Celgard separators are used in a broad range of energy storage applications, including rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, disposable lithium batteries and specialty energy storage technologies.

Celgard's microporous membrane separators provide specific benefits ideal for Electric Drive Vehicle (EDV) applications. We understand how characteristics such as strength, resistance, chemical permeability, uniformity and other factors can affect the development of efficient, high-performance separator products. Our solutions deliver unique advantages for safety and optimal combinations of energy and power performance in a wide variety of lithium-ion cell designs for EDV systems.

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XYRONTM (modified PPE resin): bus bar, frame and spacer for lithium-ion battery pack

XYRON (modified polyphenylene ether, or "mPPE") is an engineering plastic with very unique properties, which is used as a polymer alloy in combination with other materials such as PS, PA, PP, PPS. As the 2nd largest manufacturer, we are able to provide reliable products to our customers all over the world. We offer suitable grades for battery bus bars, cases, frames, spacers and various electrical parts, with a wide range line-up in terms of light-weight by low density, excellent dimensional stability by low coefficient of linear thermal expansion and halogen-free flame retardant for safety and environmental friendliness.

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Engine

LEONATM (polyamide 66 based compounds)

While the automotive industry turns towards electric motors, internal combustion engines will continue to dominate the market, especially in developing countries. Our LEONA product portfolio fully matches to ICE related applications requirements, and widely enjoys a very high reputation from automotive manufacturers and parts manufacturers.

  • LEONA 14G series:

Standard glass-fiber reinforced PA66 material with excellent high strength, fatigue strength, creep resistance and heat aging resistance. Major applications include cylinder head covers, torque rods, engine mounts, bush and knocking sensor housing.

  • LEONA 53G series:

Glass-fiber reinforced PA66/PA612 material with low water absorption, hydrolysis resistance and calcium chloride resistance. Major applications include radiator tanks, cooling pipes, and thermos valves.

  • LEONA Durelia series:

Glass-fiber reinforced PA66 materials with further improved long-term heat resistance to be used in the high temperature range of 150C to 230C. Major applications include turbo ducts, turbo cooling pipes, and intercooler tanks.

  • LEONA BG series:

Glass-fiber reinforced PA610 containing plant-derived component with low water absorption, hydrolysis resistance and calcium chlorides resistance. Major applications include radiator tanks and oil pumps.

  • LEONA high performance sliding series:

PA66/PTFE alloy material with improved significantly low friction coefficient and wear resistance. This series was developed for chain guides and various gear applications.

 

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THERMYLENE® (polypropylene compounds): fan shrouds, fan blades, air cleaner boxes and other under-the-hood parts

Thermylene represents our family of specialty chemically coupled glass reinforced polypropylenes (PP). When chemical coupling technology is applied to glass fiber reinforced polypropylene, significant improvements are seen across a number of key physical attributes. The enhanced properties of these polymers yield an extremely attractive cost/performance balance when compared to traditional engineering thermoplastics.

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System

In-Car Communication (echo and noise canceller technology)
Asahi Kasei DSP products support stress free conversations between the front seats and rear seats in passenger cars. Asahi Kasei’s In-car Communication solution not only provides high quality sound, but also robustness to changes in the cabin environment caused by opening and closing of windows, doors and hatchbacks.

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Hands-free communication
Asahi Kasei’s high-performance audio DSP products have over 15 years of market presence in worldwide automotive markets. Asahi Kasei offers innovative solutions complying with international automotive quality assurance while fulfilling the latest industry standards such as Era-Glonass.

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IR Sensor
Asahi Kasei takes gas sensing to another level with its cutting-edge IR sensor. Asahi Kasei offers the world’s smallest IR sensor while maintaining the highest sensitivity in the market, allowing users to adapt low power light sources to conserve energy.

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Accelerating to Clean Energy

Green Hydrogen

Alkaline Water Electrolyser System

Asahi Kasei launched an alkaline water electrolyser system which transforms power from renewable energy sources into green hydrogen. In combination with captured CO2 from industrial emissions, the hydrogen can further be transformed into alternative fuels such as green methane, green methanol, green diesel etc.

Asahi Kasei is a leading company in the fields of ion exchange membranes and chlor-alkali electrolysis, and is developing water electrolyser technologies leveraging many years of experience in the chlor-alkali electrolyser business. Asahi Kasei's water electrolyser system can be scaled-up and has high energy efficiency. With this technology, Asahi Kasei contributes to the reduction of carbon footprints in the fields of transportation, power generation, etc. and provides effective solutions to energy transition.

 

PV (Photovoltaic)

XYRONTM (modified PPE resin): PV junction box / connector
XYRON (modified polyphenylene ether, or "mPPE") is an engineering plastic with very unique properties, which is used as a polymer alloy in combination with other materials such as PS, PA, PP, PPS. As the 2nd largest manufacturer, we are able to provide reliable products to our customers all over the world. We offer the best grades for PV application to enhance product safety with its high heat aging (RTI: relative thermal index), electric resistance (CTI: comparative tracking index), cold impact, hydrolysis resistance and halogen-free flammability.

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LEONATM (PA66 compounds): PV connector

Polyamide 66 is one of the most important engineering plastics in the world due to its strength, heat-, oil-, and abrasion resistance, and workability. LEONA specialty grade is suitable for PV connector parts especially those requiring super-tough properties such as connector nuts.

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Rechargeable Battery

Hipore (wet process lithium-ion battery separator)

Hipore is Asahi Kasei’s polyolefin flat-film membrane, used in a wide range of high-technology fields, such as lithium ion battery separators.
Flat-film membranes look like plastic films, but are actually filled with microscopic pores. The Hipore is a high-performance microporous film membrane with a wide range of thicknesses and highly uniform pores.

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Celgard (dry process lithium-ion battery separator)

Celgard separators are used in a broad range of energy storage applications including rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, disposable lithium batteries and specialty energy storage technologies.
Celgard's microporous membrane separators provide specific benefits ideal for Electric Drive Vehicle (EDV) applications. We understand how characteristics such as strength, resistance, chemical permeability, uniformity and other factors can affect the development of efficient, high-performance separator products. Our solutions deliver unique advantages for safety and optimal combinations of energy and power performance in a wide variety of lithium-ion cell designs for EDV systems.

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Coreless current sensor

Asahi Kasei has developed the world's smallest coreless current sensors. Asahi Kasei’s current sensors achieve high accuracy of less than 1% and response time of less than 1 microsecond, allowing users to develop sufficient and extremely effective applications.

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