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Application of High-Crystallinity Polypropylene to Automobile Interior Trim Parts

The demand for using polypropylene in automobile interior trim parts has remained high in Japan because of its light weight and low cost. To give polypropylene the high heat resistance necessary for use in parts requiring it, we have improved on the product itself and have developed optimum fastening and joining structures that permit a wider application range. Specifically, in applying polypropylene to vehicles, copolyacrization using ethylene is adapted to eliminate the difficulty in achieving iapact resistance at low temperatures when using conventional high-crystallinity polypropylene (HCPP) alone. The filler employed was carefully selected to improve heat and scratch resistance as well as stiffness. Furthermore, the fastening methods, firmness or flexibility of fit, and actual joint structures that are greatly affected by heat deflection were critically examined and improved to ensure maximum HCPP adoption.
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Development of High Crystallinity Polypropylene for Automotive Use

The main aims of applying plastics to automotive parts are to decrease tooling costs, save weight and reduce assembly cost, fuel economy, broaden the design freedom and avoid corrosion. Polypropylene (PP) is used because of its low specific gravity and well-balanced physical properties while having some limitation in low heat resistance and some other properties. This paper identifies what developments are made for applying High Crystallinity Polypropylene (HCPP) to automotive interior trims by virtue of improved physical properties of high stiffness, high heat resistance and well-balanced properties.