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Tata Toyo Adopts DuPont Zytel PLUS Nylon Helps Improve Fuel Economy, Reduce Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Tata Toyo, a heat-exchange technology supplier, has adopted DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS nylon for its three hot- and cold-side charge air coolers used on four vehicles of a major Indian auto OEM across passenger car, UV (Utility Vehicle) and LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) segment which illustrates the material’s performance and the benefits of collaborating with a global materials-science company, DuPont.

Tata Toyo selected Zytel PLUS to replace specialty nylon resin product for added protection against the harsh elements associated with turbo-diesel systems and now has an eye on replacing metals in other applications. Charge air coolers quickly cool hot air generated by the turbocharger before it is forced through the induction system. Cooler air improves combustion efficiency.

‘Improving powertrain efficiency while reducing weight and cost is critical to improving fuel economy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels’, says Patrick Ferronato, Director of Automotive, DuPont Performance Polymers. ‘Turbo systems are one of several technologies the industry is quickly adopting to boost the performance of smaller, more efficient engines. The environment these power-boost technologies create is challenging the capabilities of many existing engineering thermoplastics’.

Zytel PLUS nylon was selected as a replacement to the specialty nylon because it retains rigidity at high temperatures, offers a better surface appearance and processes with ease.

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