Transportation Case Study
IVECO Trucks Front Fascia
The heavy commercial truck market is highly competitive, with tremendous pressure to keep tooling and manufacturing costs low, while delivering body panels that enhance vehicle appearance and durability.
IVECO do Brazil came to us looking for a solution to localize production of parts and to replace their traditional front fascia materials and processing technology under an accelerated timetable. Design parameters for their body panels included a high-quality finish that could withstand harsh road elements, and the structural integrity to resist everyday impacts, looking good for years to come.
Our local partner showed them how using Telene and the RIM injection molding process could reduce tooling and improve cycle times in manufacturing, while delivering a front fascia panel with smooth surface characteristics, excellent paint adhesion and superior impact resistance.
This, together with a very short lead time, led to the IVECO do Brazil utilizing Telene for the front fascia panels in three different versions of their newest truck model.
Buddy Electric Car
For an electric car to be functional, it has to be light enough to run at street speeds and go a reasonable distance on minimal energy. Because it is geared toward a socially conscious consumer, the materials used had be environmentally friendly. Achieving structural integrity and cosmetic issues were significant factors, as well.
Early versions of the Buddy Electric Car used GRP body panels, but this material proved to be too heavy for the application, limiting the range and demanding larger, more expensive battery packs.
In the search for a better alternative, they found Telene. The flexibility in design capabilities, strength and weight characteristics, rapid design and molding capabilities plus the flawless finish of body panels made Telene the ideal choice for this three-passenger commuter vehicle.
Buddy Car designers soon discovered that they could create the entire bodywork out of Telene, significantly reducing the body weight of the vehicle and increasing the range by 20-40 km. The entire time from initial concept through development to production took approximately one year. Production time for the body panels was reduced, and unit costs per vehicle were lowered as well.
The Buddy Electric Car with an all-Telene body was successfully launched in May of 2009 at EVS24 in Stavanger, Norway. The inherent impact resistance of the Telene panels, together with exceptionally smooth finish characteristics with strong paint adhesion have resulted in a stunning little “city car” that retains its visual appeal for years and is very popular throughout urban districts in Scandinavia.