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EXCEPTIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR TODAY’S AUTOMOTIVE CHALLENGES

Kraton™ polymers are used in a wide variety of automotive applications. These include air bag door covers, cup holders, door panels, grommets, instrument panels, handles, extruded profiles and fabric coatings. The wide range of performance attributes of Kraton polymers enables the versatility to perform successfully in these automotive applications and many more.

Kraton™ G polymers are used for applications that require high strength, and excellent UV and heat stability. They can be blended with EPDM and TPV to improve processability. They lower the hardness of the compounds in automotive weather seal applications such as window encapsulation, glass run channel, and various static and dynamic seals. These polymers have excellent impact properties, especially at cold temperatures, and are often used to modify polypropylene and TPO to enhance impact performance.

Kraton™ FG polymers are functionalized Kraton G polymers that provide compatibility and adhesion to polar polymers and substrates. They can be used in overmolded applications to enhance adhesion properties. They are commonly used to modify engineered thermoplastic compounds to improve compatibility with the various polymers/additives in a compound formulation.

Kraton™ D is a USBC polymer that is versatile with a combination of high strength, wide range of hardness and low viscosity. These properties enable a wider processing window in thermoplastic melt processing or processing in solution. This system can be used for sound dampening applications and as an adhesive system.

Kraton™ A polymers are also used for sound dampening as well as compounding and overmolding in soft skin applications. They are known to improve flow properties due to their high melt flow index while still exhibiting the performance expected from traditional Kraton polymers.

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PIONEERING POLYMER TECHNOLOGY
to Enhance Automotive Excellence


INJECTION MOLDED SOFT SKIN
for Automotive Interiors

The latest generation TPE polymer chemistry meets soft-touch haptics and vehicle weight savings while utilizing a preferred method of conversion: injection molding. Kraton™ Injection Molding Soft Skin (IMSS) technology enables the injection molding of large, thin-walled soft skin parts such as instrument panel skins as thin as 0.8mm. Kraton IMSS can be utilized on standard equipment and under normal processing conditions, utilizing both 1K and 2K processes.

The foundation of the IMSS product is the utilization of Kraton™ TPE technologies and product support from the Kraton technical team, the backbone of new innovation at Kraton. IMSS looks and feels great in applications such as instrument panels, trim panels and center consoles. It also supports environmentally responsible initiatives such as vehicle lightweighting and recyclability with the ability to reuse scrap and production trim waste.

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INJECTION MOLDED SOFT SKIN
FOR AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS

SLUSH MOLDING
Innovative Solutions For The Production Of Automotive Interior Soft Skins

Kraton has developed a slush moldable technology solution in response to the demands of the automotive industry. It addresses key end-use requirements as a lightweight, environmentally sustainable solution with improved aging properties. In addition, Kraton’s slush molded technology enables soft touch interior applications using current processing assets.

Utilization of the latest Kraton™ TPE technologies and product support from the Kraton technical team have developed a new generation slush product with many enhanced features and benefits over incumbent technologies. Key benefits include lower density properties that satisfy key OEM lightweighting initiatives, the ability to run in existing slush processes without the need for additional tooling and long term ageing advantages that result in safe airbag deployment performance over the life of the vehicle.

Slush molding enables features that are consistent with current automotive interior design practices and is preferred over IMG Thermoforming and Sprayed Polyurethane (PU). This production process allows manufacturers and OEMs a greater design freedom and is used to produce a variety of automotive interior components such as:

  • Instrument Panels
  • Door Trim
  • Consoles
  • Airbag Covers

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SLUSH MOLDING
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR SOFT SKINS

 

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