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Performance

To ensure safety and part integrity, our high-performance plastics need to meet all of the relevant requirements for each application.

Performance

Meeting all of the relevant requirements

To ensure safety and part integrity, our high-performance plastics need to meet all of the relevant requirements for each application. This includes being exposed to elevated temperatures, humidity and chemicals over both the short and long term, withstanding mechanical or abrasive loads, or preventing fire ignition.

Our team has developed specific expertise in the following areas:

  • Degradation and stability to ensure heat aging resistance for parts exposed to high continuous use temperatures, including the development of high-heat grades that can withstand up to 230°C for 5000 hours
  • Noise, vibration and harshness either via part design, as with the development of oil sumps, or via smart material solutions, as demonstrated in CVJ boots
  • Wear and friction resistance for parts exposed to abrasive loads or friction for an extended period of time, including optimized material grades
  • Haptics and aesthetics for materials with a soft feel and attractive look
  • Barrier properties and permeation to reduce migration of low molecular species across the plastic surface, or conversely to design materials that are highly permeable to specific low molecular species (for example, water, to create “breathable” materials)
  • Flame retardancy to ensure safety for components exposed to flames and fire based on our thorough understanding of fire-induced degradation mechanisms in plastics, and including halogen-free flame retardant material grades in many of our products

Working closely with our customers, we apply our specific expertise to help them develop optimized part designs using the best materials for their needs. Contact us to discuss your next big challenge to see how we can help.

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