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SO.F.TER. Launches Reinforced Polyolefin Compound for Car Interiors

Published on 2015-10-14. Author : SpecialChem

Polifor® NF products are based on polypropylene reinforced with various vegetable fillers derived from renewable sources. Born to meet the market demand for sustainability, they proved to be highly versatile and possess very interesting technical characteristics: they offer the same rigidity as polypropylene compounds with the same percentage of talc, but are much lighter because of lower density (-8%), provide better resistance to high temperatures (+ 17%) and offer a significantly higher impact resistance (up to + 67% in the notched IZOD test).

Fig. 1: SO.F.TER. Group

These qualities make the Polifor® NF composites very attractive to the automotive industry: possible applications include interior and exterior parts, both structural and aesthetic, such as the cowl vent grille,internal consoles and pillars, structural dashboard carrier and various parts of the luggage compartment. The Polifor® NF composites can withstand operating temperatures up to 110-120 °C and therefore can also be used for under-the-hood applications such as the air filter box.

The excellent impact resistance of Polifor® NF products makes them suitable also for the production of external casings, even aesthetic, or for covers and protective housings of technical parts. More applications in the field of furniture and design are under development.

The vegetable fillers used by SO.F.TER. come from FSC or PEFC certified cultivation, which adopt responsible management systems which have no negative impact on the environment, territory and local communities.

About SO.F.TER. Group

SO.F.TER. Group is one of the largest independent compounders worldwide. The product range, among the widest in the industry, extends from thermoplastic elastomers to engineering plastics. Thanks to its technological know-how applied to a wide range of materials, SO.F.TER. can offer its clientele innovative and customized solutions with a strong specialization in the automotive, household appliance, electric/electronic, construction and sports footwear sectors. With sales in over 60 countries, the SO.F.TER. Group has four production sites in Europe, three in America (the United States, Mexico, Brazil) and a sales office in Germany.

Source: SO.F.TER. Group

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