Today, automotive textiles are expected to deliver – on recyclability, shape retention, ultraviolet resistance and dimensional stability, as well as at lower weights and VOC levels. Trinseo has responded to the pressing needs of the market by working closely with long-time partner Laiex SL, the Valencia-based automotive textile producer, to develop a new range of thermo-moldable binders.
In fact, these innovative binders have ample opportunity to prove their worth given that the average car contains approximately 20 meters of fabric, which shows up in the foot well and parcel shelves, all the way to the trunk and wheel houses.
The automotive textiles used in heat binders, carpets, safety belts and tire cords need to perform against safety, insulation and acoustic requirements – yet without compromising on style or comfort. They also have to take stringent industry standards and changing consumer preferences into account, such as greater durability and odor prevention, to help the car’s re-sale potential.
Despite the shifting needs of the market, thermo-moldable binders are proving to be a vital component of high-performance automotive textiles. In both needle-felted and tufted carpet, for example, the binders help to improve strength and wear resistance, even under widely differing climatic conditions. This is just one reason why the main automotive textile suppliers are turning to the technology.
And they will likely do so as the global automotive industry expands. “With the automotive market poised to double by 2020,” explains James Kennedy, Trinseo industry textile manager, “new developments in automotive textiles will continue to be an important part of the sector.”
Trinseo (NYSE: TSE) is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber. We are focused on delivering innovative and sustainable solution to help our customers create products that touch lives every day - products that are intrinsic to how we live our lives - across a wide range of end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, lighting, electrical, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and tires. Trinseo had approximately $4.0 billion in revenue in 2015, with 18 manufacturing sites around the world, and more than 2,200 employees. For more information visit www.trinseo.com.
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