There are several methods and materials for making automotive interior surfaces such as instrument panels and door trims.
The problem is, the processes can be costly and the materials are not recyclable.
That's why Hexpol TPE developed Dryflex HiF, a family of high melt-flow and scratch resistant TPS-SEBS materials.
The grades make it possible to produce large scale parts via injection molding, including automotive interior surfaces, trims and skins, the company said in a news release.
"OEMs are looking to improve their sustainability practices while also managing system costs," said Thomas Koppl, Hexpol TPE's group product manager. "Dryflex HiF TPEs deliver a combination of high-performance, soft-touch appeal, processing optimization and recyclability.
"They are part of our growing portfolio of materials bringing new possibilities to the automotive industry."
TPE materials already are used in automotive materials such as mats, grips and sealings. But, until recently, TPEs have not been viable for large scale trim because they have higher specifications regarding abrasion behavior, processability and heat resistance.