Pittsburgh, October 11, 2016 — Today’s car buyers look for sleek design and high-quality styling elements. To meet this demand and stand out from the competition, automakers have begun to incorporate high-gloss, piano black surfaces into instrument panels, doors and seating. A 2016 SUV from one U.S.-based automaker, for example, features a high-gloss seatback and seat trim components made with a polycarbonate blend resin from Covestro.
Bayblend® T85 XF polycarbonate/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (PC+ABS) resin blend is an ideal thermoplastic for rich, piano black interior automotive applications – even components with large surfaces that require low-temperature ductility for passenger safety. Its high-gloss characteristics are enhanced even further when processed with the variable temperature molding (VTM) process from JVIS USA, LLC at its Benton Harbor, Michigan, facility.
VTM is a temperature control technology that heats up only the cavity tool surface rather than the entire tool during the injection molding process. With the help of this technology and high-performance materials from Covestro, it is possible to eliminate molding imperfections such as weld, flow and jet lines to produce parts with a Class A finish. Another advantage of the VTM approach is that it allows for thin design sections. Not only does this capability lower material costs, it also reduces component weight, which translates into improved fuel efficiency.
“Our advanced VTM process, together with Covestro’s polycarbonate blend material, made it possible for us to produce high-gloss seat components that are durable, attractive and commercially viable,” said Michael Houppert, vice president of business development, JVIS USA.
The VTM process is a good match for Bayblend® T85 XF PC+ABS blend resin. This material offers high melt flow characteristics, making it possible to mold a thin-wall part (2 mm) with minimal stresses, translating into considerable savings in terms of production time and expense.
Consumers will appreciate the luxurious surface. Weld lines are invisible, and a clear coat offers depth of image with scratch and mar resistance, helping to ensure components maintain their appearance from the first road trip to the last.
Of course, Bayblend® T85 XF PC+ABS blend resin offers much more than good looks: it provides outstanding impact strength, dimensional stability and heat resistance – all critical attributes for automotive components.
“JVIS USA brought tremendous value to this project – a unique ability to commercialize a highly stylized interior component,” said Lou Madrid, market development manager, Automotive and Transportation Interiors and Exteriors, Covestro LLC. “With Covestro’s materials, technical knowledge and global team, we were able to support the entire commercialization process from concept to start of production, transforming the material into stylish and lightweight seat components that have a rich depth and striking effect.”
“Consumers want affordable luxury inside and out of the vehicle, and automotive OEMs are seeking to meet these demands while reducing cost and weight,” said Paul Platte, senior marketing manager, Automotive and Transportation, Polycarbonates, Covestro LLC. “The collaboration with JVIS USA is the latest example of our commitment to meeting the needs of automotive OEMs and their customers, as well as our long history of supplying high-performance materials to the automotive sector.”
To get a first-hand look at the seat components and learn more about Covestro’s broad range of materials for automotive applications, visit Covestro at K 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Oct. 19-26, at stand A75 in hall 6.
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business with 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion. Covestro manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical and sports and leisure industries. The Covestro group has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,800 people at the end of 2015.
Find more information at www.covestro.com or www.plastics.covestro.com or www.solutions.covestro.com/en/industries/automotive.
About JVIS USA, LLC:
JVIS USA, LLC (JVIS) is a privately owned company offering high-quality vehicle components to some of the largest names in the automotive industry, as well as an ever-growing list of consumer products. JVIS is a certified, full-service supplier with extensive art-to-part capabilities, providing expertise that range from design and engineering to manufacturing and just-in-time delivery. With over 40 locations across the globe and through unsurpassed global supply management, JVIS ensures their customers get what they need, when they need it… as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Information about JVIS can be found at www.jvisusallc.com.
John Skabardonis, Phone: +1 412- 413-5444
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