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OC Automotive Unveil Lightweight Material for Vehicle Interiors

03 August 2005

At the auto industry's annual Management Briefing Seminars, OC Automotive is unveiling AcoustiMax substrate, a new light-weight glass-mat composite material for vehicle interiors.

OC Automotive claim that the material provides improved structural and acoustical properties in applications such as headliners, trunk liners, door modules, seat backs and package trays. OC Automotive highlights the following product attributes compared to competing materials:
Up to a 45 percent improvement in isotropic properties - which improves overall structural integrity.
Up to a 20 percent better absorptive sound ability, which improves interior acoustics,
Excellent lofting characteristics, or ability to increase thickness as much as 100 percent through pre-heating/cold moulding process - allowing the material to vary in thickness and still be moulded in one process.

AcoustiMax substrate is available in 800 to 1600 grams per square meter capability, in core sheet thicknesses from 8 to 16 millimeter, and available in various specified widths, and with or without surface film/scrim to match application requirements.

""AcoustiMax substrate is the latest example of our commitment to listen to what our customers are asking for, and deliver a product that provides a technologically superior solution to help them advance the products they bring to market,"" said Gary Nieman, vice president of OC Automotive. ""The ability of AcoustiMax to enhance performance and reduce vehicle weight, part numbers and overall system costs, highlights how and why composites are continuing to transform the automotive industry.""

OC Automotive is a supplier of composites with specific interests in developing structural, acoustic and thermal composite solutions to the global automotive industry.





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