Asahi Kasei Corporation, a globally active company with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business, has launched Thermylene P11, a next-generation glass-reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds with exceptional performance characteristics and creates new opportunities for thin-wall molding of interior and exterior automotive parts.
With 30%, 40%, 45% and 50% glass loadings, the Thermylene P11 family of chemically coupled PP compounds offer the highest tensile strength without adversely affecting the other performance attributes. The new material provides an optimum balance of properties and facilitates thin-wall molding for a range of applications.
In comparison to the previous material family, Thermylene P10, Thermylene P11 compounds provide higher tensile strength at elevated temperature, greater room temperature tensile, and improved fatigue and creep resistance. The Thermylene P11’s melt flow of 10-25 g/10 min has enabled thin-walled molding to meet customer’s specific needs.
Vive Apte, Manager of Polyolefins R&D at Asahi Kasei, said, “The Thermylene P11 family is a step change improvement which enables OEMs and tier suppliers to fine-tune the necessary performance without worrying about any compromise. Asahi Kasei has received strong interest in the new family of glass-filled PP compounds with material evaluations currently underway at leading OEMs and tier suppliers.”
Asahi Thermylene P11 offers a wide range of applications in structural parts in the automotive and appliance markets. Door modules, center consoles, load floors, and instrument panels are some of the key parts that are used in automotive interiors. Fan shrouds, battery trays, front-end modules, and grille shutters are pars that are used in automotive underhood. In the appliance, Thermlyene P11 is expected to be used for heat-exposed dryer components such as lint trays. Thermylene P11 offers improved performance at higher temperatures when compared to conventional glass-filled PP.