Injection-molded dashboard skin is a world first


The world's first instrument panel with an injection-molded thin-wall skin comprised of an ultra-high flow thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) can be found in the 2013 Nissan Sentra.

The system supplier, toolmaker and molder Calsonic Kansei Corporation (Saitama, Japan) molded the skin from Sunvieo A7171 TPV supplied by Asahi Kasei Chemicals (Tokyo). The grade boasts a meltflow 250g/10 minutes and realizes a 1-mm-thick skin that can accommodate deep draws and uneven undercuts, thereby yielding new design and styling options. The grade's elongation properties are key in this respect. An additional bonus is that scrap can be reused. The cycle time is 60 seconds.
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