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Many factors are affecting the design and performance of automotive interior parts such as the instrument panel, center console, steering column cover, pillar cladding, glove box and various trims. Contributing trends include proliferation of infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that require sensor, lighting and display integration; quieter operation of electric vehicles (EVs) that makes cabin noise more bothersome; consumer concerns about cleanliness and odor; the continued drive for greater sustainability; and OEMs’ reliance on aesthetics and comfort for brand differentiation

SABIC® PP compounds and engineering thermoplastics such as CYCOLAC™, CYCOLOY™ and GELOY™ resins address all these requirements. From durable molded-in color and scratch resistance for attractive aesthetics, to anti-squeak options, to expanded design freedom for part/function integration and lightweight, thin-wall geometries, SABIC’s materials and expert design guidance can help customers deliver interiors that feature high style, desirable ambiance, rich functionality and reliable performance.

Featured Product Brands:

SABIC® PP

Impact modified, mineral-filled and glass-filled polypropylene resins with low outgassing and a balance of stiffness and impact performance.

HAPSOFT™ PPcompound

Glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene compounds that deliver a soft tactile feel, elegant aesthetics and excellent scratch resistance for unpainted, low-gloss applications.

STAMAX™

PP resins reinforced with long glass fiber for improved impact performance and featuring non-halogenated flame retardance.

CYCOLOY

PC/ABS blends offering a combination of flow and impact and halogen-free flame retardance.

GELOY™

PC/ASA blends featuring excellent dimensional stability, UV and impact resistance, plus molded-in color to avoid the need for secondary painting.

CYCOLAC™

Tough and dimensionally stable ABS resins that provide an excellent surface finish for chrome plating and painting and offer adhesion to leather/fabric for interior trim.

LEXAN™

Clear and diffuse PC grades with high light transmission and impact performance.

XENOY™

Blending polyester and PC, these alloys deliver high strength, toughness and impact properties.

TRUCIRCLE™

Certified circular materials produced from feedstock based on pyrolysis oil derived from recycled mixed-use plastic.

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Differentiated Appearance

To differentiate vehicle interiors while controlling costs, automotive OEMs are looking for materials that enhance styling and provide an upscale appearance without the need for expensive secondary operations. One strategy is to select materials with molded-in color (MIC) capability instead of polymers that require painting. Both SABIC® PPcompounds and STAMAX™ grades offer MIC capability, as well as scratch resistance to avoid the need for protective coatings. An appealing option is HAPSOFT™ PPcompounds, which feature low gloss and an attractive appearance, along with a soft tactile feel that enhances comfort and the sensation of luxury. 

When materials need to be painted due to design requirements, our CYCOLAC™, CYCOLOY™, LEXAN™ and PPcompound materials offer superior paintability performance for enhanced aesthetics. 

Featured Product Grades

CYCOLAC™ MG37EPX

ABS resin; opaque; impact modified; chrome plating capability; paintability; UL 94HB Flame Class Rating 3; natural, gray and black colors

CYCOLOY™ MC1300

PC/ABS blend; low PC content; high flow; plating/painting capability; gray and black colors.

CYCOLOY™ CPV9711

PC/ABS blend; high flow; high impact; high heat; plating and painting capability

CYCOLOY™ LG9000

PC/ABS blend; low gloss; molded-in color capability. 

CYCOLOY™ XCY620S 

PC/ABS blend; medium PC content; paintability; hydrolytic stability; black and natural colors.

CYCOLOY™ C1200HF

PC/ABS blend; high PC content; enhanced surface finish for paintability; best-in-class paint absorption; low temperature ductility; multiple colors

LEXAN™ AT2030R

PC resin; high flow; UV stabilization; exceptional aesthetics

LEXAN™ 123R

PC/ABS blend; high heat and modulus; low CTE; good aesthetics.

SABIC® PPcompound 9115

Elastomer-modified PP compound; mineral filler; high scratch resistance; high flow; excellent aesthetics; low density; balance of stiffness and impact. 

SABIC® PPcompound 9152

Modified PP compound; mineral filler; high scratch resistance; high flow; high flow; good impact. 

SABIC® PPcompound 9110

Impact-modified PP compound; mineral filler; high flow; high scratch resistance; low density. 

SABIC® PP CX-02 and CX-03

Unfilled PP compound; very low density; scratch and UV resistance; excellent aesthetics; balance of stiffness and impact; natural and some custom colors.

Sustainability

To help reach global targets for reduction of carbon emissions, automotive OEMs are looking for sustainable materials. SABIC has developed the first automotive grades containing mechanically recycled content within the company’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio of circular solutions and services. The three new resins contain up to 29 percent recycled PET and offer excellent performance similar to that of the incumbent virgin resins.

Featured Product Grades

XENOY™ T2NX2500UV

PC/PET blend; unfilled; UV stabilization; excellent heat and impact performance, dimensional stability; shrinkage; 21% recycled content.

XENOY™ T2NX5230

PC/PET blend; mineral reinforcement; excellent heat and impact performance; dimensional stability; low shrinkage; 29% recycled content

XSABIC® PPcompound T2E-3320EH

Talc reinforcement; stiffness; high flow; high heat resistance; low emissions; 25% recycled content

Low Emissions

To improve passenger comfort, automotive OEMs are looking for low-VOC and low-FOG materials for interior components. SABIC has a large portfolio of low-emission grades that are tested according to VDA 277 and 278 protocols.

Featured Product Grades

SABIC® PPcompound T2E-3320EH

Talc reinforced PP; stiffness; high flow; high heat resistance; low emissions; 25% recycled content.

SABIC® PPcompound G3230AE

Glass-filled PP; high stiffness; high heat resistance; low emissions.

SABIC® PP CX-02/03-82

Unfilled PP compound; low emissions; very low density; scratch and UV resistance; excellent aesthetics; balance of stiffness and impact; natural and some custom colors.

STAMAX™ 20YK270EE

Long-glass fiber reinforced PP; very high impact and stiffness; high flow; can be used with foam injection molding; low emissions; natural and black color.

Soft Feel

A soft, tactile feel can connote luxury and enhance comfort in automotive interiors. HAPSOFT™ PP compounds address the growing emphasis on interior comfort, which is being driven by the move to autonomous vehicles in which cabins become entertainment and relaxation centers. In addition to providing a soft-touch experience, HAPSOFT PP compounds can control costs by avoiding the need for secondary application of soft paint, foam and fabric. Applications for HAPSOFT PP compounds include steering columns, armrests, center consoles, door panels and seat cladding.

Featured Product Grades

HAPSOFT™ S3615

PP copolymer; UV stabilized; injection molding grade; low density; 15% glass fiber reinforcement; flexural modulus of 2100Mpa @ room temperature (ISO 527/1A); natural and custom colors.

HAPSOFT™ S3620

PP copolymer; UV stabilized; injection molding grade; medium stiffness; 20% glass fiber reinforcement; flexural modulus of 2500Mpa @ room temperature (ISO 527/1A); natural and custom colors.

HAPSOFT™ S3625

PP copolymer; UV stabilized; injection molding grade; highest stiffness of the three grades; 25% glass fiber reinforcement; flexural modulus of 2950Mpa @ room temperature (ISO 527/1A); natural and custom colors.

Weight Reduction

Weight reduction is a major challenge for designers of electric vehicles, whose range and performance can be affected, and internal combustion engine vehicles, whose fuel consumption and emissions depend in part on weight. Foamed aesthetic parts made with STAMAX™ resin or SABIC® PPcompound can cut weight while providing dimensional stability and other mechanical properties similar to those of solid parts. Other strategies for weight reduction include choosing lower-density materials and molding thin-wall geometries using materials that offer high flow and excellent stiffness, such as STAMAX 20YK270E resin.

Featured Product Grades

SABIC® PPcompound 8600

Elastomer-modified PP compound; mineral filler; good stiffness; excellent impact performance; good surface aesthetics. UV stabilized grade available.

SABIC® PPcompound 9115

Elastomer-modified PP compound; mineral filler; high scratch resistance; high flow; excellent aesthetics; low density; balance of stiffness and impact. 

SABIC PPcompound 9152

Modified PP compound; mineral filler; high scratch resistance; high flow; high flow; good impact. 

SABIC PPcompound 9110

Impact-modified PP compound; mineral filler; high flow; high scratch resistance; low density.

SABIC® PP CX-02 and CX-03

Unfilled PP compound; very low density; scratch and UV resistance; excellent aesthetics; balance of stiffness and impact; natural and some custom colors.

SABIC® PPcompound F9005 and F9015

PP compound; chemical and physical foam injection molding capability; weight saving potential; scratch and UV resistance; excellent aesthetics; balance of stiffness and impact.

STAMAX™ 20YK270E

PP copolymer; 20% long glass fiber reinforcement; improved flow and impact; black color; injection molding grade.

CYCOLOY™ XCY620S

PC/ABS blend; medium PC content; paintable; hydrolytic stability; black and natural color

CYCOLOY™ C1200HF

PC/ABS blend; high PC content; enhanced surface finish for paintability; best-in-class paint absorption; low-temperature ductility; multiple colors.

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