Day 2 of Automotive Interiors Expo 2018 has provided a fantastic array of new technology launches and announcements from leading exhibitors, with a particular focus on the impact autonomy will have on cabin design.
Weight reduction is a key issue in modern car design, but some otherwise suitable lightweight materials such as polypropylene remain unused because they are too troublesome to bond to other materials.
Weber Manufacturing supplies NVD (nickel vapour deposition) nickel shell tooling for every type of manufacturing process that creates the soft-touch textured surfaces typical of dashboards, door panels and centre console parts.
Head to Thermo Fisher Scientific’s stand to discover the latest version of the Thermo Scientific Horizon FTS (Fogging Test System) for testing leather, textiles and plastics for semi-volatile organic compound (SVOC) emissions.
Visitors looking to upgrade either their software or hardware for cutting leather, textiles and other materials should head to Rebstock Consulting’s stand to discover the latest generation of Zünd cutting solutions.
Leedum, a leading supplier of automotive seating components such as pipings, retention clips and various plastic extrusions, will be launching not one, but two new products at Automotive Interiors Expo 2018.
Applied Component Technology (ACT) will be at Automotive Interiors Expo to promote its capabilities in the manufacture of components and assemblies such as barrier nets, load floors, roller luggage covers, injection-moulded parts, insulation parts and exterior parts such as front grilles.
Displays are everywhere in modern cars, so a product for making them clearer, brighter and more durable can be of immeasurable value.
Car reviewers tend to go on about ‘soft-touch’ materials. Sekisui Alveo’s soft, light and flexible polyolefin (PE and PP) foams will silence them – and your cars’ road noise – since they possess high acoustic absorption qualities and are also ideally suited as a soft material for dashboards, door trim and armrests.
A major theme at this year’s Automotive Interiors Expo 2018 is the use of smart surfaces. Replacing physical buttons with interactive surfaces provides a lot of benefits, but also comes with certain difficulties, such as making sure the uncoated surface is perfectly clean before coating.
Drab, unexciting interiors have had their day, so head to PolyOne at Automotive Interiors Expo 2018 to discover its creative parts, manufactured with the company’s own colourants, additives and materials.
Every kind of plastic film can now be formed with high accuracy and repeatability thanks to Niebling’s fully automated SAMK 400 and SAMK 650 high-pressure forming machines – to be admired at Automotive Interiors Expo 2018.
Safety has to be a priority in the development of interiors, and an important aspect is to ensure all materials are adequately flame retardant.
Some coatings just need to look good; others need to withstand years of hard use while continuing to look good. Visitors to Automotive Interiors Expo looking for the latter cannot ignore Ionbond, which will be showing its Decobond PVD coatings.
Some car makers have brand emblems that are as famous and recognizable as McDonald’s
or Coca Cola, but even for smaller manufacturers, especially those in the premium sector, a brand emblem has to denote quality.
These days perceived quality – nice finishes for interior trim and decorative parts – is an
important issue for modern car buyers, and not just in ‘premium’ segments. XtraForm
Antiglare is a new formable, hard-coated polycarbonate film with a textured anti-glare finish from MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions.