GM Manufactures 2016 Corvette Using AOC Resin
AOC has developed a custom unsaturated polyester resin, which is part of the advanced composite material used to construct the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette’s body panels. The low-density SMC system, TCA Ultra Lite, features the lower weight, superior strength, and Class A surface finish to meet the transportation industry’s demand for lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles.
While past low-density SMC advances have achieved sufficient mechanical properties and weight reduction, these advances have been limited non-Class A applications. However, TCA Ultra Lite displays a Class A surface with improved mechanical properties, surface qualities and adhesion requirements to traditional systems. The formulation reduces the density of the Corvette body panels to 1.2, with up to 40 percent weight savings over standard density composite materials.
TCA Ultra Lite offers a competitive alternative to aluminum as auto makers seek ways to meet rapidly increasing CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. Its physical, chemical and thermal qualities allow more flexibility in the design process, which facilitates the creation of unique shapes ideal for creating attention-grabbing body panels.
“We are proud to shape the future of advanced composites in automotive applications,” said AOC president and CEO Fred Norman. “We will continue to develop quality solutions that meet the industry’s increasing need to reduce the weight of vehicles.”
AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gel coats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers. AOC delivers technology, quality and service better than any other resin and gel coat supplier. For more information, phone Leslie Beck at (901) 854-2318, e-mail LBeck@AOC-Resins.com, or go to www.AOC-Resins.com.