WEB EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Ticona Engineering Polymers is offering new-generation, low-emission, Hostaform acetals which meet Daimler’s new, stricter limits for formaldehyde emissions of acetal vehicle-interior components.

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Ticona Engineering Polymers (U.S. office in Florence, Ky.) is offering new-generation, low-emission, Hostaform acetals which meet Daimler’s new, stricter limits for formaldehyde emissions of acetal vehicle-interior components. The first use of the material is in seat-cover fastening systems for the latest Daimler B-Class.
 
Starting this year, Daimler prescribes stricter limits on acetal emissions than even Guideline VDA 275 of the German Association of the Automotive Industry. Ticona has a specification limit of <2 ppm (2 mg/kg) for uncolored natural grades, and <5 ppm (5 mg/kg) for colored or custom grades. Together with Ticona and Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, the challenge to meet Daimler’s new guidelines with the new XAP2 grades was led by A. Raymond of France, a manufacturer of metal and plastic fastener systems for the automotive industry.
 
Low-emission Hostaform XAP2 has scratch and impact resistance and heat stability required for many applications that are subject to high degrees of wear or stress in the vehicle interior. These include both visible and concealed components such as functional and safety components, seat components such as head rests and lumbar support, fastening solutions in the door area, and trim for door elements, IP panels, and center consoles.