Materials: High-Gloss Specialty Nylon for Auto Interiors

BASF’s Ultramid Deep Gloss enables structures, functionalized surfaces and requires no coating. 

A specialty nylon that is said to combine the chemical resistance of semi-crystalline nylons with the high gloss and depth-of-view of amorphous plastics has been successfully developed by BASF, Florham Park, N.J., and is primarily targeted to automotive interior components. Best suited for components which are high gloss and at the same time scratch resistant without the need for coating, Ultramid Deep Gloss is said to enable structured, functionalized surfaces for new operational concepts in cars. The new nylon is also characterized by high chemical and good UV resistance and is said to reproduce structures true to detail, allowing for a high contrast interplay of light and shadow.

Outstanding abrasion resistance compared to other, uncoated high-gloss materials is also claimed. Now available globally in sample quantities, Ultramid Deep Gloss can be injection molded without variothermal mold technology. The material is expected to meet the growing trend for a ‘piano-black look’ in car interiors and reportedly provides designers with new opportunities to implement unusual textures such as ripples, waves, hammer finish, lines and diamonds. Also, surfaces can be structured by haptic design elements. In combination with suitable sensor technology, this allows for integrated, functionalized designs. Key applications include decorative trims (e.g., display edgings); decorative panels around lights; storage racks in headliners; and functional components (e.g., air vent inlays, in car doors or center consoles).