BASF’s plastic materials used build three wheeled vehicle

BASF’s plastic materials used to build three wheeled vehicle

9:41 AM, 16th July 2016
BASF’s plastic materials used to build three wheeled vehicle
The new three-wheeled concept vehicle 05GEN from Yamaha: Materials from BASF help make it more comfortable for short distance travel.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: With the help of BASF’s versatile plastic materials, the new three-wheeled concept vehicle 05GEN from Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (Yamaha) makes short journeys both comfortable and convenient.

In modern vehicles, tires are key to a comfortable and relaxing ride. BASF’s Infinergy, the world’s first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane, and Elastollan, a thermoplastic polyurethane, are used in the 05GEN’s tires to enhance the overall riding experience. The characteristic cellular structure of Infinergy contributes to its striking design. Additionally, Elastollan makes possible a variety of textures and colors on the surface of the tires.

“Yamaha’s new-generation vehicle aims to improve the riding experience and quality for travellers moving short distances. This resonates with us well because at designfabrik, we help translate ideas into daily products that improve people’s quality of life. By offering our consulting services on colour, material, and finish development, we helped Yamaha realize their design concept of ‘Refined Dynamism’,” said Andy Postlethwaite, senior VP, performance materials BASF Asia Pacific.

designfabrik Tokyo supports industrial designers and engineers in turning creative ideas into actual products at every stage of product development by offering expert advice on potential application of various materials.

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