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BASF Launches PP Foam Grade for Improved Surface Properties in Automotive

Published on 2020-03-16. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Automotive    

neopolen-foam-basf BASF has introduced Neopolen® P 9235+, further extending the product range of its expanded polypropylene foam (EPP) Neopolen®. Compared to the available grades, the new material Neopolen® P 9235+ offers improved surface properties, a color impression deepened by 20% and optimized filling behavior in manufacturing.

Added Advantages for Visible Components

Neopolen® P 9235+ enables high-quality, smooth surfaces which is an advantage for visible components, such as trunk liners in cars. The improved color depth by 20% was proven in tests: the special laboratory unit simulates human color perception according to the CIE 1931 color system (CIE: French for: International Commission on Illumination) and offers an objective and verifiable color result.

Further applications of the new particle foam grade include automotive parts, such as bumper cores, headrests and armrests. It also serves as a housing insulation for heat exchangers and heating units.

Featuring High Energy Absorption and Low Weight

Neopolen® P 9235+ shows the well-established properties of the Neopolen® family. It is characterized by high energy absorption and low weight, good resilience following static and dynamic loading and an essentially unchanged energy absorption after repeated impact load. The new grade is resistant to chemicals and oils, thermally insulating and has a low water uptake. The foam particles are available as packaged goods or as loose bulk.

Neopolen® P 9235+ is listed in the automotive industry’s material data system IMDS and available in Europe. The new standard grade will gradually replace the well-established Neopolen® P 9235 and is to evolve into a new product family including specialty grades in the medium term.

Source: BASF
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