High Performance Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics (HP-GFRP) in the European Automotive Industry
ØThis study was demanded to Inovev by its customers after their following analysis of the trends in the European automotive industry:
• Due to the decrease of diesel motorizations, more CO2 is emitted by thermal engine cars.
Each time that a diesel engine car is replaced by a gasoline car, CO2 jumps by around 20%.
At the same moment, European commission has an
objective to lower the average CO2 emitted by cars in Europe (Euro 6 and Euro 7 target).
• Some carmakers are better positioned than other ones for reaching the planned limits, but all  will have to work.
A valuable option is to decrease the weight of vehicles, in particular by utilizing light materials such as composite materials.
In addition, weight decreases
enable less pollutants emissions.
• At the same time a growing number of alternative energy vehicles, especially electrified vehicles, arrive onto the market.
And, in parallel,
new functions are developing fast, such as ADAS (Advance Driver Assistance Systems), with its ultimate stage: the autonomous vehicle.
These trends lead to new designs and engineering. 
Some parts disappear, new parts appear, some parts are drastically modified.
• Another trend is the evolution of styling (SUV vehicles, electric vehicles).

All these factors reinforce the competition between materials, but also their alliances, towards an optimised and affordable design.


ØComposite materials have many assets.
Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics materials are very interesting due to their performances but their prices make them restrained to Premium car markets (see CFRP study edited by Inovev).
Thanks to their much lower price, High Performance Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics are already used for mainstream cars for the construction of many different types of parts.
But much more GFRP applications could be developed, providing that their productivity increases.

Consequently, major R&D projects have been conducted over the last years, projects which have started and will continue to be a basis for new applications.


Ø All these elements and discussions with automotive industry companies have led Inovev to launch this new study relating to the High Performance Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics.
 
7186