Breakthrough for Hanwha with World's First Hybrid Front Bumper Beam

Hanwha Advanced Materials automotive hybrid front bumper beam has been
awarded New Excellent Technology certification by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy of South Korea.

[Seoul, 29 April, 2014] Hanwha Advanced Materials, headed by CEO Kim Chang-bum, has created the world’s first hybrid front bumper beam for automobiles, which it developed with the technical cooperation of Hyundai Motor Company. In recognition for this significant achievement, Hanwha Advanced Materials has attained New Excellent Technology (NET)* certification from the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of South Korea.

These first of its kind hybrid bumper beams are created by inserting a steel frame into glass-mat-reinforced thermoplastic(GMT) – a lightweight, flat, composite material made from polypropylene and glass-fiber, improving crashworthiness of vehicles and are also 12 percent lighter than steel bumper beams.

An official from Hanwha Advanced Materials said, “Our three-year R&D efforts have resulted in this breakthrough technology that can effectively combine GMT and steel in an automotive bumper beam. This reinforced beam is recognized to significantly address bumper beam break problems in high-speed car crashes. The hybrid front bumper beam will be applied to Hyundai cars, which will be manufactured and sold in China in the second half of the year.”

Hanwha Advanced Materials is using the latest technologies to specialize in the manufacture of high-strength, ultra-light vehicle parts. This involves making other lightweight composite materials besides GMT, including LWRT, EPP, SMC, and LFT-G. To reduce the weight of cars, the company is cooperating with automotive manufacturers in developing new materials and parts moldings from the design stage.

* The NET certification is awarded to new technologies developed in South Korea or for innovation involving existing technologies. The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), which operates within MOTIE, issues the certification with the approval of the Government of South Korea.

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Hanwha Advanced Materials PR
Taeho Hur
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