A big advantage of electric vehicles is that they offer more storage space. One reason for this is that electric motors are smaller than classic combustion engines. On the other hand, certain components such as manual transmissions are no longer needed at all.
This additional space can be used creatively for such things like tubs made of high-performance plastic. These multi-functional tubs find space in the front of the vehicle, acting much like a front trunk, aptly named the "frunk".
Storage space with a plus
Our ideas go far beyond mere storage space. For special applications, the tubs can be integrated with various components: Seals, water drainage, spare wheel components, electronic and electromagnetic shielding, cable or fluid management and much more.
Light, stable and individualized
To ensure that the new components do not add unnecessary weight, our tape technology is used. We support / reinforce our plastics locally with glass and carbon fibers. This is also particularly cost-efficient: Compared to metal components, our solutions are on average 30 percent lighter and cheaper. Combined with our "One-Shot" design, this creates the basis for new storage spaces - highly individualized, resistant, with flexible variants and optimally sealed.
The most important highlights
Lightweight application specific material with validated mechanical performance & material cards
"one-shot" design offering cost- & weight savings and packaging reduction
Best use of package space due to highest level of design freedom
Extended range due to light weight, up to 30 % reduction cf. with steel / aluminum per m2
Robust Design with outstanding long-term durability and corrosion resistance
Best in class tightness due to one-shot and one-piece design. Continues sealing surface without interruptions
Functional integration or assembly of sealing and additional buy parts with low-cost solutions
Your customer benefit through our Tubs
Wall thickness tailored to application between 1,8 and >5 mm
Best in class packaging usage
Best tightness performance
Hybrid design with local reinforcement possible with metal, or infinite fibers
Additional fire-resistant materials
Management of fluid conduits, cables, etc.
Injection molding PP-GFXY & PA6-GF
Compression molding PP-GFXY & PA6-GF
Tape integration for local reinforcement
Various press sizes and manufacturing methods
Stacked tool concepts for injection molding
Multi cavity tool for D-LFT and SMC compression molding depending on component footprint
In-house developed materials for compounding of thermoplastic injection molding and compression molding
Full service from Röchling
Ability to design, develop, and produce the complete cover tailored to customer requirements
Structural simulation in-house available
Simulation for processing in development
validation from material up to product level
Over 20 years in tubs and high-performance plastics development & series production
Long-term experience in end-of-line testing (tightness & quality control)
Global footprint for prototyping and series application