MATERIALS: Carbon Fiber-Reinforced PBT for Automotive Electronics and More

BASF has added the first carbon fiber-reinforced PBT to its Ultradur line with low electrostatic charge and good conductivity.

The latest addition to the Ultradur line of PBT from BASF, Florham Park, N.J., is a carbon fiber-reinforced grade that boasts low electrostatic charge along with good conductivity.

Grade B43000, the first of its kind to this resin portfolio, is said to be particularly suitable for components in sensitive areas of measurement and control technology for machines and automotive electronics. Due to the antistatic PBT, less dust or dirt adhere to the components, which allows it to work more reliably and consistently--even in unfavorable usage conditions, and without damage because of electrostatic discharge. In areas with explosion hazards, the use of conductive Ultradur grade also reduces the risk of electrostatic loading and possible sparking. As such, the new grade meets the increasing requirements on material and parts especially for automotive electronics. With this material, miniaturization, precision, and safety reportedly can be combined even better in the future; parts made of this material retain their antistatic properties permanently and even after contact with media such as fuels and high temperatures. 

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