“Innovation Oscar” for BOGE

BOGE Elastmetall has been awarded this prestigious regional ‘Innovation Oscar’ from the first time by the Verbund Oldenburger Münsterland. Burkhard Tiemann, head of the plastics product line, accepted the

BOGE Elastmetall has been awarded this prestigious regional ‘Innovation Oscar’ from the first time by the Verbund Oldenburger Münsterland. Burkhard Tiemann, head of the plastics product line, accepted the innovation prize, a sculpture of the Markenhausen designer Alfred Bullerman, on 24th November on behalf of the CEO Dr Torsten Bremer. 396 guests, including a nine-member BOGE team, celebrated with the prizewinners at the traditional gala evening for the regional economy at the Cloppenburg town hall.

The laudatory speech for BOGE emphasized that BOGE Elastmetall GmbH had succeeded in developing two innovations at the same time: both a product and a process. The company was said to have released ‘the first high-safety structural component made from plastic in automotive serial production’. The process developed for this has no equal anywhere in the world. The team heaped praise on the creative drive of “helmsman” Dr Torsten Bremer. They were also convinced that the plastic material the company developed, as well as the new process, would find many other applications in car manufacturing and would find its way into the automobile mass market in the future via a more developed production process.

This is the innovation for which BOGE received its prize: BOGE Rubber and Plastics developed a new lightweight brake pedal. It is more than 40 percent lighter than traditional steel brake pedals. The first roughly 1000 pedals were manufactured for the Porsche Spyder sports car. They also have orders for approximately 200,000 pedals per year. Because the components are made from a mix of continuous-fiber and short-glass-fiber reinforced plastic, it is well suited to a growing market share of luxury vehicles.

BOGE Rubber & Plastics has practically reinvented components that until now have only existed in steel: BOGE manufactures the lightweight components from continuous-fiber-reinforced plastic. Organic sheets are used for this (made from continuous-fiber-reinforced plastic that is then overmolded with short-glass-fiber plastic). This reduces the weight of the brake pedals produced using this process - the world's first of their kind - by 40 percent; this also has the advantage of significantly improving ride comfort, which creates added value for the end consumer.

The other characteristics of traditional steel brake pedals, especially their strength and durability, are reproduced in full, while the number of components is reduced by functional integration and paint to protect against corrosion is now redundant. In addition to all this, the plastic brake pedal is one-hundred-percent recyclable.