In steps to give their car interiors an upscale, first-class look, automakers including BMW, Audi and Saab are turning in increasing numbers to the Elastollan line of aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) with soft-touch finishes from BASF Corporation (Florham Park, NJ), according to the supplier.
|Soft-touch aliphatic TPUs provide secure base for Audi cupholders.|
In one case, the door handles found on the 3 and 5 Series of BMWs are a novel combination of ABS-PC covered/overmolded with Elastollan TPUs. The door handles stand out not only because of their extra-pleasant soft-touch surface finish, but also because they are rugged. The TPU material is sold with non-fade properties and UV finish and requires no additional surface lacquer. Other specific applications include cup holders in the Audi A6 and gear knob, hand brake and control switches in the Saab 9-3 and dashboard surfaces, center consoles and steering wheels on a variety of other makes and models.
APS is a full service warehousing, distribution, shipping and technical service organization dedicated to helping TPE, TPU and other elastomer processors with all their product and technical support needs. The firm currently markets and supports Polymax Elastomer Technology (Nantong, China) Maxelast TPEs and BASF Elastollan TPUs. APS is unique in that they offer elastomer materials in quantities large and small (from truckloads down to drums and bags). APS works with a series of independent technical agents located in key cities and markets throughout North America.