New Fascia Materials Technology for Europe and North America 980103
Owing to OEM pressures to reduce costs and mass, improve production efficiency, consolidate parts, and eliminate secondary finishing operations, a series of new-generation fascia materials in engineering thermoplastics are being positioned to replace lower performing thermoplastic polyolefins - the current industry standard in both North America and, to a lesser extent, in Europe. Among these materials are resins capable of thin-wall molding, electrostatic conductivity, primerless adhesion to paint, the ability to eliminate paint in certain segment-specific applications, and the ability to be painted on-line with the rest of the body-in-white. These new materials are expected to have a significant impact on fascia production in both North America and Europe, as requirements for fascias change to an emphasis on lighter weight, higher structural performance, lower cost, and more efficient finishing.
This paper will outline trends affecting materials, design, and process changes in the fascia segment and will provide an overview of new resin technologies developed to answer these needs.