Cool, colorful, customized
Auto interiors with a personal touch
A splash of accent color … a customized decorative matte or high-gloss finish … today’s consumers want a car’s interior to reflect their personal style. Cost effectively meeting this demand has been a challenge for automakers. Until now.
Inherently flexible thermoplastics make amazingly customizable automotive parts possible.
Application: Multi-functional auto trim strips
Product: Makrolon® polycarbonate,
Bayblend® (PC+ABS; PC+ASA blend),
Makrofol® polycarbonate film
With inherently flexible thermoplastics such as Makrolon® polycarbonate and Bayblend® resin as well as effects possible with Makrofol® polycarbonate films, automakers can now economically produce vehicle interiors with an amazingly customizable look and feel.
To showcase the possibilities, Covestro developed a multi-functional automotive trim strip that features:
- Matte and high-gloss structures
- Attractive colors with gloss effect
- Outstanding coatability
- Excellent metallization
- Scratch resistance
- Production efficiency with film insert molding
The trim strip component demonstrates how innovative – even complex – design concepts become a simplified reality, thanks to Covestro materials and variable mold technology developed through a collaboration between Gerhardi and Covestro.
With a variety of surfaces and design possibilities for vehicle interiors, Covestro materials can help automakers put customizable auto interior components on the fast track to commercialization.
The main properties of Makrolon® polycarbonate grades are:
- Good heat resistance
- Glass-like transparency, optical quality
- High dimensional accuracy and stability
- Easy processing
- Weathering resistance
- High impact resistance
The main properties of Bayblend® (PC+ABS; PC+ASA blend) resin grades are:
- High toughness – even at cold temperatures
- Dimensional stability
- Excellent creep resistance
- Low moisture absorption
- Good heat resistance
The main properties of Makrofol® film grades are:
- High heat resistance
- Impressive toughness and elasticity over a wide temperature range
- Good stiffness
- Excellent electrical insulation properties
- Abrasion, weathering and chemical resistance
- Glass-like transparancy