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SABIC’s New PP Compounds for Better Haptics in Vehicle Interiors at Low Cost: NPE2018

Published on 2018-05-08. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  NPE2018     Automotive     Cost Efficiency    

Tata Motors used a new SABIC® PP grade in the steering column cover and speedometer cluster top for its 2017 Tiago hatchback
Tata Motors used a new SABIC® PP grade
in the steering column cover and speedometer cluster top
for its 2017 Tiago hatchback
SABIC unveils at NPE2018, booth S19001, a new and growing portfolio of SABIC® polypropylene (PP) compounds that deliver a soft feel combined with excellent scratch performance in unpainted, low gloss automotive interior components.
  • The new SABIC® PP compounds offer the luxurious haptics and finishes that today’s consumers demand – even in lower-priced vehicles. 
  • At the same time, these injection molding materials can help automotive OEMs and tiers reduce costs by as much as 50 percent by avoiding secondary operations such as applying soft paint, fabric, foam or other surface covering. 

New Portfolio of PP Compounds for Soft Feel

Scott Fallon, global leader of SABIC’s Automotive business, said:
“Elegance, comfort and quiet in automotive interiors are becoming increasingly important to buyers of vehicles at all price points. SABIC engineered these new PP compounds to address this demand by helping manufacturers deliver an interior environment that connotes luxury while controlling costs. Our customers can benefit from the outstanding aesthetics and value this innovative material technology provides.”

Soft Feel and Strong Performance

  • In addition to a soft tactile feel, SABIC® PP compounds provide an attractive matte surface with excellent scratch resistance, good impact performance and low shrinkage. 
  • These SABIC materials also deliver good sound damping capability to help create a quiet cabin environment. 
  • The portfolio, which is available globally, includes several grades of short glass fiber-reinforced PP to give customers a choice of stiffness level and material density. 
  • The materials are also UV stabilized to prevent fading and color shift. 

Possible applications where this material can be used include interior trims, seat and console side cladding, glove boxes, door panels and other similar interior components. SABIC® PP compounds allow these types of parts to be efficiently manufactured using only one high-volume injection molding step.

Cost Savings without Compromise

Among the leading Indian automaker, Tata Motors, is the first automotive manufacturer to use one of the SABIC® PP compounds in vehicle interior applications. Tata Motors selected a SABIC® PP compound to mold parts with a soft feel and high-end appearance in the steering column cover and speedometer cluster top for its 2017 Tiago hatchback.

The company eliminated the need for expensive paint systems, saving about 30 percent, while achieving the same level of performance and aesthetics.

The Tiago’s steering wheel column is on display at the company’s booth for the duration of NPE2018.

Source: SABIC
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