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Fish, here's the latest from June 2007.

"Smart Pioneers First Full PP Body PanelsSmart® fortwo has become the first commercialised car to have full body panels manufactured from polypropylene (PP).
Date published: 06.11.07
Smart® fortwo has become the first commercialised car to have full body panels manufactured from polypropylene (PP). Borouge and Borealis, leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, have developed Daplen™ ED230HP, a thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) compound, for this pioneering development to meet the cost-effective production targets and aesthetic, safety and environmental requirements of the latest Smart fortwo vehicle.
New Daplen ED230HP replaces a polycarbonate polybutylene terephtalate blend (PC/PBT), which is traditionally specified for exterior body panels, tailgates and hoods. To ensure a smooth transition to the new material, Borealis, Borouge’s European co-owner, worked closely with Smart and its Tier One supplier Plastal (no longer Dynamit Nobel) to provide engineering and simulation support in addition to the development of the material.
Smart’s selection of Daplen ED230HP satisfies its request for a faster production process. The new solution is an in-mass coloured compound, meaning colours are blended into the compound to provide ready moulded aesthetic parts. As a result, post-assembly painting steps are reduced with only a painted clear coat layer needed (somewhat conforms with what smartUSA said)[/COLOR]. In addition, a smooth paint finish can be more easily achieved. (Maybe so with metallics.)
Vehicle owners benefit from the material’s long-term resistance to UV exposure and outstanding paint adhesion. This helps to ensure quality aesthetics over the long term. In addition, when car repair is required, owners benefit from lower painting costs.
As a lightweight material used in all body panels, Daplen ED230HP provides a significant reduction in overall vehicle weight with 15%. For the end-user, this reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions adding to the environmental friendliness of the car. Furthermore, the material is fully recyclable in line with European legislation.
Daplen ED230HP raises the safety performance of the latest Smart fortwo series. Its superior low thermal expansion creates zero gap tolerance between parts. This, in combination with an excellent impact/stiffness ratio for the injection moulded panels, leads to improved driver safety.
“Smart’s pioneering approach to using PP for full body panels in its fortwo series is a major step forward for the automotive industry and its suppliers,” Hu Wei, Vice President at Borouge, comments. “Daplen ED230HP has helped Smart tighten up its production process while raising the environmental, aesthetic and safety performance of its vehicle. We played a fundamental role in this development and are looking forward to seeing this advanced solution take-off within the industry.”
For further information please contact:
Rosanna Cil, Group Communications Manager, Borouge
tel. +6563114266, [email protected]
Liesbeth Denys, Trade Media Relations Manager, Borealis
tel. +32 15 47 90 24, [email protected]


Borouge and Borealis are leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions. With more than 40 years of experience in polyolefins and using our unique Borstar® technology, we focus on the infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging markets. We have production facilities, innovation centres and service centres across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific and work with customers in more than 170 countries around the world to provide plastic materials that make an essential contribution to society and to sustainable development. We are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and to leading the way in 'Shaping the Future with Plastics.’
Daplen is a registered trademark of Borealis A/S.
For more information on Borealis and Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, visit www.borealisgroup.com and www.borouge.com."


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Read all that too before, but nothing in that addresses metallic finishes.

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Fish, here's the latest from June 2007.
Carnut, this is weird. This article is identical to the one linked a few posts earlier, except that the quote in the last paragraph is attributed to a different company executive.

Maybe the company is experiencing an internal power struggle?
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For those who may sometime in the future choose to swap panels, or remove/re-hang them (e.g. having a paint shop custom paint them), here's how to on a 451: http://www.fq101.co.uk/

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