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VESTAKEEP® enhances safety of automotive steering columns

March 16, 2011

The BMW Group has approved spindle nuts made from VESTAKEEP® PEEK, a polymer made by Evonik Industries, for use in electrical steering column adjustment assemblies. The VESTAKEEP® L4000G-based spindle nuts do not break, even under the most severe conditions. In case of an accident, the spindle nuts will not break and thus preventing any plastic pieces from disabling the function of safety-relevant features such as airbags.

The PEEK polymers that had been used in the past were unable to meet BMW’s stringent requirements and failed during stress tests. Thanks to its improved ductility and impact-resistance, VESTAKEEP® PEEK passed the tests. Evonik’s PEEK polymers also met the requirement of high dimensional stability at different temperatures.

VESTAKEEP® spindle nuts are used in the electrical steering column adjustment assemblies that are manufactured by Solingen, Germany-based C. Rob. Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG. Thanks to their exceptional material characteristics, they may in the future also be used in mechanical steering column adjustment assemblies.

Du to VESTAKEEP® PEEK polymer’s high resistance to temperatures and chemicals, they are not only used in automotive and aerospace applications, but also in the oil and natural gas sectors, in semiconductor, electronics and medical industry and in numerous other applications.

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VESTAKEEP® based spindle nuts passed the stress tests.

VESTAKEEP® based spindle nuts passed the stress tests.

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