Consumers are increasingly requesting the customized styling elements and interior designs previously reserved for premium cars. Car manufacturers need to find ways to satisfy these demands – without entering the luxury-car price range.
Thinking outside the (glove) box
High-quality surfaces and customized automotive interior components were long considered to costly outside the premium car segment. To bring these features to a broader range of consumers, automakers must find a new material and process while maintaining cost-effective production.
In the company-wide “Surface Technologies” project, Covestro developed an integrated polycarbonate-based material and process concept as a perfectly suitable solution. One example: a glove box cover made with Bayblend® PC+ABS blend resin. It ensures outstanding surface quality, even when using physical foaming such as the MuCell® process, allowing manufacturers to skip one coating step – and thus efficiently save costs and time.
- Automotive industry
- Bayblend® PC+ABS blend resin
- Glove box cover prototype