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Better auto part design with light, heat-resistant Apec®

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GERHARDI wanted to explore using a new material to enhance the design and functionality of a concept car tailpipe trim. To achieve this, it needed an extremely heat-resistant, durable, and lighter-than-steel alternative. Our Apec® 150 PG high-heat PC+ABS blend resin was just what GERHARDI was looking for.

Task

Introduce GERHARDI to a material that can take the heat

Using lighter material enables reduction of vehicle weight, lower production costs and expanded design possibilities. But it only works if there is a light material available that can withstand high and sustained heat. It was our job to recommend one to GERHARDI
Challenge

Show us a design-friendly alternative to steel

GERHARDI set out to see if it was possible to replace traditional metal car exhaust tailpipe trim with a thermoplastic blend, creating the first concept part of its kind. They wanted a thermoplastic that would look and perform like metal but that would be lighter and offer more design freedom.
Solution

Our Apec® resin answered GERHARDI’s innovative design

We developed our Apec® 150 PG high-heat resin with GERHARDI as a more design friendly, lighter alternative to steel for their exhaust trim design. Apec® is the first high-heat PC+ABS blend resin suitable for electroplating. The material also provides Class-A surfaces tough enough to withstand typical road conditions and high exhaust-system temperatures. Plus, it offers greater design freedom, including the ability to incorporate ambient lighting.

Why Apec® high-heat resin was the right solution for the GERHARDI tailpipe trim

  • Light & strong: Offers a lighter alternative to steel.
  • Innovative: It’s the first high-heat PC+ABS blend resin for electroplating applications.
  • Impact resistant: Handles the wear and tear of typical road conditions.
  • Design friendly: Achieve distinctive shapes with a durable Class-A surface.
  • Amorphous: Has no internal crystalline structure.

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