The latest Ultramid® SI grade for shiny surfaces
Numerous trends are influencing the automotive industry: automated driving, electromobility, sustainability, lightweight construction, energy efficiency. In addition, the interior is getting into the focus by designers and developers. The transformation into a feel-good space on four wheels is increasing very fast. The haptics and visual appearance of components are becoming even more important. BASF is presenting innovative materials for premium and appealing surfaces to give the interior a distinctive look.
After the successful market launch in 2017 of Ultramid® Deep Gloss, a special polyamide for durable high-gloss trim parts, a new generation of surface-improved structural materials is now following with Ultramid® B3E2G6 SI BK23353 and Ultramid® B3E2G10 SI BK23353. The glass fiber reinforced types based on polyamide 6 impress with very low emission values and good UV stability and are therefore ideally suited for the use in functional visible parts in the interior.
Visible fiber turbulences, which are commonly observed on surfaces of standard types, are largely suppressed by the new SI grades. Due to the variable glass fiber reinforcement, parts with medium to very high stiffness can be manufactured.
Numerous applications are possible with the new material
Ultramid® B3E2G6 SI BK23353 and Ultramid® B3E2G10 SI BK23353 are therefore suitable for air ventilation lamellas, steering column levers, armrests, cup holders or even door handles. The good intrinsic material properties of Ultramid® enable high long-term use characteristics. In addition, the new materials are insensitive to commercially available cleaning agents. An important property with regard to the increasing popularity of "shared mobility", which requires frequent professional cleaning of the interior.