Technical moulded components: automotive series components

Taracell is specialised in the cost-efficient development and serial production of back-foamed automotive components made of particle foam. Automotive components engineered with back-foam technology can be covered with various materials (foils, leather, artificial leather, textiles).

Because of their excellent impact resilience and thus their high level of cushioning, back-foamed components are primarily used for safety-related interior components. Combined with the low weight of EPP and its excellent acoustic and insulating properties, there are a number of possible applications for automotive engineering.

Material


EPP
Expanded polypropylene


PS/PE
Expanded copolymer polystyrene/polyethylene


PPE/PS
Expanded copolymer polystyrene/polyphenylene ether


PS/PMS
Expanded copolymer polystyrene/polymethyl styrene


Material properties as a PDF file

Expanded polypropylene, or EPP for short, is the preferred manufacturing material for the production of safety-related automotive components. The high elasticity of the material and its excellent impact resilience ensure that energy is absorbed in the event of a crash. Because automotive components made from EPP have a low net weight but high durability, they also reduce the amount of fuel consumed.

  • EPP is a green material
  • EPP contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
  • EPP contains no ozone-depleting substances
  • EPP is 100% reusable and recyclable
  • EPP contains no heavy metals

Tests

Back-foamed automotive components from Taracell are tested by neutral testing institutes.

 

Textile-specific tests

  • UV resistance
  • Scratch resistance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Cleanability

Compound-specific tests

  • Fogging
  • Odour
  • Grip of the upper fabric
  • Climate change test
  • Heat ageing

Safety tests

  • Head impact
  • Euro NCAP

References

Taracell is a long-term production partner of well-known automobile manufacturers and suppliers. At our production facilities in Künten (Switzerland) and Burnhaupt-le-Haut (France) we develop and manufacture automotive components made of EPP.

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