WEB EXCLUSIVE: A specialty soft-touch PP for auto interior applications is newly available from Asahi Kasei Plastics, Fowlerville, Mich. Called Soform, it is said to have enhanced soft “feel” while maintaining structural rigidity and appealing aesthetics.” It is said to be well suited to trim parts and components, including interior door panels and other surfaces where a good tactile experience is desired. It is available in a wide range of physical properties (flexural modulus, hardness, tensile elongation, gloss) and moldable in any color and textures. It can be single-shot injection molded, replacing the need for two-shot molding or overmolding. Good scratch and chemical resistance and soft feel are reportedly achieved right out of the mold without secondary processing or painting.
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