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Vehicle exterior and esthetic features

Materials used in applications for the exterior of the vehicle are exposed to harsh environmental conditions as well as other environmental impacts that can damage the vehicle. Our materials are known for their excellent durability, weatherability, and scratch resistance. Our products include acrylic resins, smart adhesives, and TPV parts. We are committed to deliver first-rate functionality, weatherability, and esthetics to next-generation vehicles.

PMMA parts for vehicle exterior

Altuglas International’s acrylic (PMMA) grades offer a unique combination of key properties for the automotive market, including:

  • High-gloss
  • High surface hardness
  • Good scratch resistance
  • Excellent UV resistance
  • Good processability, offering increased design freedom.

Single-step solutions for exterior trim

Exterior trim components demand strong physical properties as well as eye-catching, long-lasting esthetics. Currently, exterior trim parts such as high-gloss, piano black pillars, mirror housings, and spoilers require a second coating step to withstand extreme outdoor conditions.

Altuglas International’s acrylic resins can be injection molded in a single step, eliminating the expensive coating process and reducing waste.

ShieldUp® PMMA for glazing and displays

ShieldUp® PMMA sheets are revolutionary, nano-structured, lightweight acrylic glass sheets that combine impact resistance, chemical resistance, scratch resistance, weatherability, and transparency. This unique balance of properties is achieved through Arkema’s patented technology. ShieldUp® acrylic sheet is the innovative choice for automotive glazing, panoramic sunroofs, and fixed side windows. The material is compatible with the application of hard coating for superior abrasion resistance typically requested by OEMs. ShieldUp® PMMA sheets can also be used as instrument lens covers. Compared to glass, acrylic sheets are lightweight and allow easier processing compared to other materials.

Smart adhesives for exterior applications

Our exterior vehicle offerings include cutting-edge automotive bonding technology for a safe, efficient, and fast adhesion process.  The bonding of functional and decorative vehicle exterior parts requires long-lasting, quick adhesion for accelerated bonding operations. Bostik offers high performance Silane-modified polymer (SMP) structural adhesives and Polyurethane (PU) sealants for vehicle exterior applications. Our smart adhesive solutions enable easier handling of decorative parts components, such as emblems and aerodynamic spoilers, as well as functional parts like tailgates, direct glazing, and lighting components. We designed the following structural adhesives and sealants to be compatible with a wide range of substrates including composite materials:

  • Silane-modified polymer (SMP) technology  sealand
  • Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) 2KPU structural adhesives

We can also assist you in meeting OEM specifications.

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Polyurethane CASE applications

Polyurethane is a versatile material that is ideally suited for a wide range of CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, and Elastomers) applications for making a wide range of automotive products. Their versatility has led to applications ranging from headlight gaskets, electronic casting parts, to paint coatings or protective coatings for truck bed liners. Siliporite® Molecular sieves powders are strong and reliable desiccants widely used in two components (2K) and can ​also perform in one-component (1K) PU CASE formulations. Our Siliporite® powders enable you to optimize formulation performance by avoiding presence of moisture, tailor the pot life, shortening return to service time, improving surface appearance and adhesion of the final product.

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Vulcanization agents for TPV and rubber parts

Ekaland™, Mixland® and Vultac® vulcanization agents for EPDM, TPV part applied door sealants and wiper blades. These parts of the vehicle have to cope with very intense use and thermal or mechanical stress.

Durability, elasticity, abrasion and breakage resistance, water tightness, low odor and blooming are the main properties our customers are looking for.

Our MLPC range is present towards all the largest automotive parts manufacturers and has become a key partner in the search for safer vulcanization solutions.

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