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Automotive industry: an industry that moves the world

At Repsol we believe in innovation and research as an icon of our day-to-day activity. We have a long tradition in supplying products to the automotive industry: from fuels and motor oils to polyolefins and polyols for rigid and flexible foams. Products that are technically adapted to each market and manufacturer, to provide the highest quality.

Making your journeys safer and more comfortable

The average modern car weighing 1,500 kg contains between 12-15% of plastic materials. This equates to over 2,000 plastic parts of all shapes and sizes; from lights and bumpers, to engine components, dashboards, headrests, switches, clips, panoramic roofs, seats, airbags and seat belts.
Plastics help to make cars lighter, thus reducing fuel demand and greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing a modern car's weight by 100 kg cuts fuel consumption by approximately 0.4 litres per 100 km and reduces CO2 emissions by around 10 g/km.
Polyolefins and polyols are present in parts of the interior, the exterior and under the bonnet. Polyols are used to manufacture flexible and rigid foams.
The flexible foams give the seats and head restraints their shape to make them more comfortable and ergonomic, reducing the stress and fatigue associated with driving. Rigid, impact-absorbing foams provide increased safety.
Other plastic parts made of polypropylene, for example, are the door panels; polyethylene is found in the fuel tank; EVA copolymers in the adhesives and industrial propylene glycol in the antifreeze that can prevent freezing or boiling. It is also, a very important capability in the de-icing of aircraft wings and car windshields.

How do plastics manage to improve motoring?

  • Plastic makes vehicles more efficient, as it is lighter than other materials. A weight reduction of 40% can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 15% and minimizes CO2 emissions.
  • It is the material of choice for a number of breakthroughs in the automotive industry because it offers higher absorption of energy, lower weight and design freedom.
  • Thanks to plastic components, an average modern car reduces fuel consumption by around 0.5L per 100km, along with the corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions. At the same time, safety, comfort and performance are all improved.

Applications focusing on safety

Automoción. Varias personas saludan desde el interior de un coche
  • High-impact elements: hatchback, door panels and interior trim.
  • Seats, head restraints and “shock absorbers” that help protect occupants in the event of an accident.
  • Trim.
  • Air ducts.
  • Structural parts under the hood, fuel tank and cables.
  • Front grilles, cowl grille, and bumpers.
  • Paints and coatings.
  • Sound insulation and antifreeze.
It’s quite surprising to discover how Repsol’s Chemicals Division can provide our journeys with so much safety, comfort and protection.
Rafael Jiménez, Director del Negocio de Poliolefinas e Iñigo Rengifo, Director de Polipropileno reciben el premio

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