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AUTOMOTIVE SURFACES | INNOVATION


button, and the colour changed by sliding a finger over the surface. Precise positioning of the touch sensors on the component is achieved with Kurz’s recently developed FFB (Functional Foil Bonding) process. This uses highly conductive, transparent sensors, produced by Kurz subsidiary PolyIC, comprising silver-based metallic grid structures on a PET carrier. Their flexibility enables them to be integrat- ed into curved parts. For those preferring something a little more


restrained, styrenic polymers major Ineos Styrolu- tion is promoting its Terblend N, a blend of ABS and polyamide, as one solution, saying one premium Asian automotive parts manufacturer is using a new glass fibre reinforced grade, Terblend N NG-03, for a customized real wood garnish panel used in automotive interior. It says the parts manufacturer had been using locally compounded material for the application but was faced with issues including low dimensional stability and warpage from the locally sourced materials, as well as low supply reliability from the local suppliers. Terblend N NG-03 is said to offer “easy mould- ing and good adhesion with real wood shell, good


Left: Door trim with day/night design and touch-activated backlighting


dimensional stability required to keep different module parts together, as well as good impact strength. It has also passed head impact testing for automotive interior parts, fulfilling the parts manufacturer’s requirements in terms of aesthetics, functionality and safety.” Ineos Styrolution further notes that the ABS/PA


blend “combines excellent impact strength and chemical resistance with high melt flow and good acoustic dampening, making it an ideal styrenic for automotive original equipment manufacturers


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