ExxonMobil Chemical, a global petrochemical company, has introduced Santoprene TPV 8211-85 M350, a high-flow thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) providing a unique “comfort touch” and excellent surface qualities for automotive interiors while offering significant cost reduction opportunities.
The “comfort touch” provided by Santoprene TPV M350 prevents the cushion-like indentation that is often associated with alternative foamed material structures when pressed.
Santoprene TPV M350 meets the needs of automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers looking for cost-effective solutions to enhance the appearance, style and feel of a range of automotive interiors. It offers a range of benefits including high “comfort touch”, low and stable gloss level, high scratch and mar resistance, good abrasion and chemical resistance, low fogging and odor emission. Also colorable, Santoprene TPV M350 is well suited for door panels, center consoles, B-C pillars, lower instrument panels and the back cover of seats.
Santoprene TPV M350 can be processed using two-component injection molding or mono-sandwich molding onto a rigid PP substrate to produce an unfoamed structure that does not indent. Either process provides an over-molded TPV skin with a high “comfort-touch”.
Providing an excellent cost/performance balance, Santoprene TPV M350 is an ideal alternative to materials currently being used such as rigid polypropylene (PP), PP with soft-touch paint, and in some cases PVC or TPO skins.