High-Strength Celstran LFRT from Ticona Honored for Innovation in Instrument Panels
Instrument panels with faux seam and contour stitching. Photo courtesy of the SPE Automotive Division.
An automotive development team that included Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation, was the Grand Award winner at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) 42nd annual 2012 Innovations Award Competition & Gala. The advanced instrument panel (IP), molded by Inteva Products LLC of Troy, MI, USA, and found on several GM platforms, won the Body Interior Category. The IP substructure is injection molded with a Celstran® long fiber reinforced thermoplastic (LFRT) polypropylene (PP) resin from Ticona.
Found in the 2013 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUV, Celstran LFRT PP GF30 from Ticona formed a structural foundation for the IP, enabling Inteva Products to reduce production costs and use contour stitching on the all-olefin, multi-grained full surface with complex geometry.
The glass-filled line of Celstran LFRT PP products offers excellent processing properties that ensure uniform glass fiber distribution and a good surface finish. Celstran LFRT offers a superior property profile: mechanical integrity in large/structural parts, stiff and exceptionally tough, and dimensional stability, fatigue resistance.
“This is a great honor for Ticona,” said Phil McDivitt, Celanese vice president and general manager - Ticona. “We continue to help drive innovation in the automotive industry with material solutions that deliver high quality, high performance and value.”