Polycarbonate has made further inroads into the auto sector with the adoption of Panlite polycarbonate (PC) resin from Teijin Chemicals (Tokyo) in the rear quarter windows of the Citroen DS5, a stylish five-door hatchback unveiled at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show.
The quarter polycarbonate windows incorporating Teijin Chemicals¹ proprietary material technology were developed jointly with selected freeglass GmbH Co. KG (Schwaikheim, Germany), a global automotive Tier-1 leader in plastic glazing. PSA Peugeot-Citroen Group has selected freeglass and Saint-Gobain Sekurit (Paris) to supply the complete glazing car set of the DS5.
During the engineering phase of the DS5 vehicle, Teijin Chemicals and freeglass developed a specific grade of black polycarbonate alloy material, which is incorporated in the composition of the quarter windows. This material will be supplied by Teijin Chemicals for mass production over the next six years. Through the project, Teijin Chemicals and freeglass will expand their cooperative relationship, which started at the end of the 1990s, in the field of plastic glazing for the development of new technologies and materials....