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Automotive industry

The automotive industry: a cutting-edge sector for today’s world

At Repsol, we work hard to bring the most advanced technologies to an industry that’s constantly on the go. We have a long tradition of supplying the automotive industry with a wide range of products: from fuel and engine oil to polyolefins and polyols for rigid and flexible foams. Our products are technically adapted to each market and manufacturer, achieving unparalleled quality.

Safety for everyone

Thanks to our research efforts, we develop the most innovative materials to help enhance vehicle safety.
One example is our high-impact polypropylene copolymers and compound solutions. These materials combine both high impact and high stiffness, making them ideal for use in vehicle interiors due to greater passenger safety. Instead of breaking, ductile materials are capable of absorbing impacts. What’s more, these materials meet the requirements for low volatile compound emissions.
Our work also covers many other products: polypropylene, used in door panels; high-molecular-weight polyethylene for fuel tanks; EVA copolymers used in adhesives; and industrial propylene glycol, key when it comes to defrosting ice from vehicles.

Comfort on the road

We spend a lot of time in our vehicles. We use them to both get to work and for our work itself. That is why we manufacture materials adapted to the various uses found in our vehicles.
Like polyols, which are used to manufacture flexible foams that shape seats and headrests, making them more comfortable and ergonomic and helping to reduce the strain and fatigue associated with driving.
Polyolefins also do their part, and can be found on the interior, exterior, and under the hood of your vehicle.
Moreover, given that they boast excellent thermal stability, the parts manufactured with these materials don’t dilate or shrink when exposed to temperature changes. Nor do they emit vibrations or noise, improving comfort along the way.

Working for a more sustainable world

Automotive industry. Animation with car parts.

At Repsol, we’re committed to reducing the damage we cause to the environment. One of the ways we achieve this is by manufacturing lighter materials which, in turn, help to manufacture lighter vehicles that consume less fuel.
The components found in plastic help make vehicles up to 100 kg lighter, reducing fuel consumption by approximately 0.5 litres for every 100 km and CO2 emissions by 10 g/km.

Automotive industry. A safe family in a safe car, all of them wearing their safety belts.
Cars today contain up to 15% plastic materials, which equates to more than 2,000 plastic parts, including those used in headlights, trims, sunroofs, and other security-based applications, like for example:
  • Airbags and seatbelts.
  • High-impact elements: hatchback doors, door panels, instrument panels, and interior trim.
  • Seats and headrests that protect passengers when accidents occur.
  • Structural parts under the hood, fuel tank, and cables.
  • Fenders and bumpers.
  • Paints and coatings.
  • Insulation, soundproofing, and antifreeze.
As the automotive industry is a basic part of society, at Repsol we continuously count on our innovation, research, and cutting-edge technology to make sure your commutes are safe, comfortable, and environmentally friendly.
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