Burscheid, Germany -- Automotive supplier Johnson Controls gained an Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Central Europe automotive award for interior systems category.
The company won the award for reducing weight and using an innovative process used in the door panels of the new BMW 3 Series.
For the non-visible door panel elements of the BMW 3 Series sedan and sports wagon models, Johnson Controls used raw materials that are renewable and environmentally-sound. The one-piece door panel is made from a natural fibre carrier which is directly moulded with plastic.
This process makes the door panel 20 percent lighter than conventional components. A groove lamination process is used to apply the fabric or leather trim on the door panel. This process joins the trim in recesses, eliminating the need for an additional component and further reducing weight.