Ludwigshafen, Germany - Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane from BASF is being used to construct the centre console of the new Golf VI automobile, a recent BASF statement said.
To bring the console construction to the production stage, BASF worked closely with its client Key Plastics Europe in Lennestadt, Germany. "The most important thing is to offer the passenger a pleasant look and feel," said Ralf Hesener, development manager at Key Plastics. "With polyurethane, a very high-quality and concise surface texture can be achieved and the material's other properties also convinced us," he added.
The centre console, the statement said, is a material combination of PC-ABCS for the underlying components and Elastollan TPU as the surface material.
"With our aliphatic TPU, we offer a clear advantage to the customer with with the total cost of the construction unit," said Hans Kampsen, head of sales and technical servicing of TPU, based at BASF's site in Lemförde, Germany. Kampsen explained that using Elastollan creates a "high-quality surface without lacquer," and so avoids exspensive varnishing processes. He added.
The centre console took second place in the 'Body Interior' category at this year's SPE Award, BASF said. (RD)