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Interiors

The interior is crucially important

Industry experts know that automotive interiors highly influence purchasing decisions. The comfort, noise insulation, aesthetics, ergonomics, and durability of the interior are all opportunities to excel and differentiate from the competition.

The need to add new elements within limited space and weight—infotainment, communication devices, and safety features—is a constant challenge for designers, as is durability, styling, visual harmony, and functional integration.

Difference-making materials for interiors

To support automakers, we offer a portfolio of resins and compounds with many benefits: low weight and VOC emissions, heat and scratch resistance, high UV stability and weathering performance, excellent surface appearance, and more.

Our mold-in color solutions give aesthetic options for unique designs with Class-A surfaces without the cost, emissions, or added steps associated with painting.

We have pioneered thermoplastic instrument panels, and now we are collaborating with OEMs to optimize their thickness—reducing weight, improving cycle time, minimizing material consumption, and contributing to lower system costs.

More than materials

Our specialists apply computer-aided design and predictive engineering tools to optimize the flow during injection molding, allowing for lower wall thickness and mass.

Similar design support aids the use of our materials in other interior applications, such as door modules, center consoles, and liftgates.

Interior innovation

We continue to innovate; we lead in new thermoplastic solutions to achieve mass reduction in the interior through low-density and high-flow materials, and foam injection molding. Another development is a set of “soft-touch” PP compounds, which eliminates the need for secondary skin and foam operations.

We continue to explore other solutions for vehicle interiors, because these can lead to greater fuel efficiency, safety, comfort, and so much more.

PERFORMANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

  • Enhanced aesthetic appeal
  • Paint elimination
  • Low- and high-gloss surfaces
  • Customization with mold-in color and special effects
  • Scratch
  • Enhanced haptics
  • Buzz, squeak, and rattle reduction Low
  • VOC emissions and odor performance
  • Packaging space through part integration and weight savings
  • Durability

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS:

  • A, B, and C pillar trims
  • Airbag housings
  • Ambient lighting
  • Center and middle consoles; center stacks
  • Door modules, panels, and handles
  • Hard instrument panels
  • Human machine interfaces
  • Infotainment components
  • Instrument panel retainers
  • Interior space filling
  • Interior claddings and trims
  • Rear package shelves
  • Seating

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