Polycarbonate film furnishes functionality and finish in auto interiors


To win over consumers, automotive interior designs must feature improved component functionality without sacrificing an elegant, luxurious appearance. Two recent innovations illustrate how materials and process technologies developed by Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Troy, MI) are helping automotive OEMs satisfy this trend.

Bayer recently created a concept center stack—the console between the driver and passenger seats where many instrument panel controls, such as audio and temperature, are located—incorporating advanced materials and processes. By using the high pressure forming (HPF) process to form Makrofol polycarbonate film, Bayer developed an all-in-one center console, which integrates a back-lit LCD module, printed hidden symbols and printed electronic capacitive switches to provide drivers high functionality in one contained part.
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