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The new low-density sheet molding compound (SMC) system features lower weight, improved strength, and class A surface finish to meet the transportation industry’s demand for lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles.
AOC Technical Service Specialist, Jeff Klipstein, presented the details of the new low-density SMC system at the 14th-annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), showcasing AOC’s improved weight savings, damage resistance, and fuel efficiency over traditional systems.This new system achieves a specific gravity of 1.2, making it comparable to aluminum. The below chart illustrates how AOC’s low density SMC performs compared to similar materials.
% Mass Reduction vs Standard SMC
% Mass Reduction vs Steel
This low density system is currently going through approvals at several OEMs. Production is expected to begin by the end of 2014.
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