PolyOne to commercialize its long fiber conductive material for the Automotive Industry

PolyOne Automotive MaterialPolyOne has made a partnership with Integral Technologies Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast Corp. to expand automotive engineered polymer portfolio by commercializing its patented, long fiber conductive ElectriPlast material. With the use of the highly engineered, filled thermoplastic polymer, the metal in electromagnetic and radio-frequency (EMI/RFI) shielding applications is reduced up to 60 percent lighter weight. ElectriPlast Corp., a leading technology innovator in conductive plastics, has a broad intellectual property portfolio and possesses deep application development expertise.

ElectriPlast technology has entered into an exclusive ten-year license agreement to assist specialty engineered materials portfolio of PolyOne. Electriplast will provide superior shielding for advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), including housings, connectors, and internal components for cameras, sensors, and electronic control units.

The backup cameras and blind-spot-monitoring radar to sensors are quickly becoming the standard for automakers and consumers to keep tabs on environmental conditions and enhance performance, ElectriPlast’s Flexible Content Technology (FCT) can tailor the percentage and kind of metal fibers that can be tailored to meet each OEM’s specifications.

Michelle R. Hearn, global marketing director, Specialty Engineered Materials at PolyOne, said, “This exciting new relationship aligns well with our goal of bringing material innovation to meet the unique challenges of our customers. Using our formulation expertise, we plan to develop ElectriPlast materials tailored for housings and other shielding applications, working in tandem with our customers and the application development experts at Integral Technologies.”

Doug Bathauer, CEO, Integral Technologies Inc., commented, “We’ve been seeking a commercialization team to accelerate growth in the automotive industry for some time now, and ultimately chose PolyOne for its deep polymer expertise, global reach, and brand excellence. Combining this with ElectriPlast’s technical and application knowledge will help PolyOne’s customers innovate faster and more profitably.”