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More design freedom and comfort in the automotive interior

With BASF’s high-tech materials like Elastoflex®, Elastofoam®, Elastollan®, Elastocoat® and Elastoskin® as well as the engineering plastic Ultramid® and plastics additives, modern automotive interior design can be achieved – for processors and automotive manufacturers alike. Apart from the high-class surface quality, the refined feel, look and acoustics and the long service life, the materials convince with efficient production, reliable service and global system solutions.

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Polyurethanes and Engineering Plastics

Emission-optimized instrument panels, acoustically effective roof linings or solid, comfortable seats – polyurethanes and engineering plastics by BASF offer versatile application possibilities for less weight, optimum comfort and low emissions. BASF materials for the automotive interior ensure the following – even difficult – application areas:

  • Great design freedom
  • Detailed representation
  • Excellent haptics and look
  • Optimum combination of strength and stiffness for structural parts with honeycomb technology

Ultramid® Vision and Ultramid® Deep Gloss –
two unique polyamides for automotive interior design 

Our versatile PU systems for the automotive interior

With their versatile properties and unlimited application possibilities, our PU systems can make the automotive interior safer, more comfortable and more beautiful. BASF polyurethanes can be adjusted to many different densities, they can be soft or hard, flexible or stiff, they resist hot and cold temperatures as well as many aggressive media.

Possible applications for our PU systems for the automotive interior

Whatever your specific needs for your interior application: BASF connects new material developments and services in order to create system solutions which give your interior application the distinctive advantage.

In-mold-coating (IMC) spray skin with Elastoskin®

Travel light and comfortable with superior quality for high-class surfaces: The Elastoskin® spray skin for interior applications sets new standards. It is a polyurethane spray system for high-quality, soft-touch surfaces for instrument panels, door modules and center consoles – in the car and commercial vehicle segments.

Plastic Additives

Light stability – a key requirement for plastics in automotive applications

Exposure to sunlight, especially at high ambient temperatures, results in loss of mechanical performance and discoloration. BASF provides a wide range of light stabilizers and UV-Absorbers used in cockpits. BASF’s thermal stabilizers protect plastics from oxidation caused by exposure to heat and prevent loss of mechanical properties and esthetics.

 

Meeting new regulations

Regulatory considerations are increasing the demand for low-emission, low-odor substances. BASF offers a wide range of light stabilizers and thermal stabilizers to cope with the tough demands of plastic interiors.

Durability and resale value – preserved and perceived quality

BASF’s Irgasurf® SR anti-scratch additive improves the scratch and mar resistance of interior automobile parts made of PP and TPO, such as instrument and door panels as well as consoles. BASF’s Irgastat® P permanent antistatic and anti-dust agents prevent plastic parts from attracting dust. Light-colored, permanently clean parts like sun visors and overhead compartments contribute to increased perception of comfort and appearance. BASF’s nucleating agent Irgastab® NA helps to reduce cycle time and increase output by supporting thin wall design and weight reduction.

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