Materials

Thermoplastics

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Thermoplastics become a homogenized liquid when heated and harden when cooled. They can be heated and reformed many times. Teijin Automotive Technologies creates composite body panels and structural components through a variety of thermoplastic technologies. Advantages include low-flow stress during molding, material homogeneity in complex part design, greater styling flexibility and lower tooling costs. Our thermoplastic technologies include:

Glass Mat Thermoplastic (GMT)

  • Strong partnerships with key GMT suppliers globally.
  • Homogenous material due to consistency of glass content and length.
  • Typically used for structural parts such as bumpers and underbody shields.

Direct Long Fiber Thermoplastic (D-LFT)

  • Material compounded and extruded adjacent to presses for optimal efficiency, cycle time.
  • Can be modified to meet customer-specific applications.
  • In-house processing reduces cost levels versus GMT.
  • Can be injection molded with plunger-type system for better flow, and is ideal for structural and certain Class A finish parts.

Low Weight Reinforced Thermoplastic (LWRT)

  • Very lightweight material with acoustical properties that make it idea for shields and headliners.
  • Offers low-cost tooling due to low-pressure molding/processing.

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

  • Acoustical properties make it well suited for certain underbody aero shields at a fraction of the cost of other materials.
  • Low-pressure molding enables the use of lower cost tooling.

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

  • Ability to set up JIT production line adjacent to customer location.
  • High volume alternative that optimizes value versus other shield materials.
  • Thermoforming allows for design flexibility, ideal for wheel liners and a variety of underbody shields.