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Design Flexibility and Lightweight Functionality for Instrument Panels

Semi-structural instrument panels support the complex requirements of design and functionality. Trinseo Automotive offers ENLITE™ Structural Polymers as solutions to reduce weight and meet multiple needs.

An instrument panel has to facilitate both the mounting of a multitude of dashboard elements, including airbags, and the integration of the central console – all while meeting the vehicle’s noise, vibration, and harshness requirements. Within an extremely tight assembly environment, a semi-structural instrument panel connects to both A-pillars and needs to provide a high level of protection for passenger safety in the event of a collision.

Compared to the use of metal, plastic solutions for the instrument panel carrier from Trinseo Automotive enable significant weight reduction without loss in impact, fatigue, or creep resistance. The excellent stiffness of our ENLITE™ Polypropylene Long Glass Fiber (PP LGF) qualifies these structural polymers for advanced dashboard carrier applications. Additionally, our ENLITE™ Glass Fiber (GF) Alloys offer superior stiffness at high temperature, in combination with low shrinkage and low coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CLTE), allowing replacement of semi-structural metal reinforcement parts.

Explore the possibilities of Trinseo Automotive’s innovative materials solutions, such as ENLITE™ Structural Polymers, which provide design freedom, functional integration, and weight optimization at reduced cost for the manufacturing of instrument panel carriers. Get in touch with us today.

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