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Touch displays

Touch screen displays need to be readable in a variety of light conditions and hard-wearing. To allow the driver to keep their focus on the road, touch screens also need safety features built into the surface such as finger location channels or pips. Hardcoated 3D formable films can meet these requirements, providing design freedom whilst enabling seamless, stylish, and safe design.



Whether the application is a lens over an analog instrument cluster or a digital display which doesn’t require touch capability, cover lens applications are situated throughout the vehicle. The design of these parts is becoming increasingly complex, moving towards curved edges and 3D shapes. Hardcoated 3D formable film enables sleek, seamless component design allowing buttons to be integrated into surfaces and displays to be blended into other components.


IME smart surfaces

Driven by a need to reduce complexity and weight whilst increasing electronic content, automotive designers are turning to in-mold electronics (IME). The creation of circuitry on film which can be formed and injection molded allows parts to become thinner and lighter whilst incorporating smart features into the surface such as capacitive touch and secret till lit.


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Combining several material technologies, ESI Automotive, enables smart surface manufacturers to create next-generation structures from one single supplier

The automotive industry is changing with several emerging trends such as electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and car sharing. So too is the in-car users’ experience as consumer expectations grow. Car interiors must, therefore, evolve fast to enable the new features required by these trends. Gone are the days of the mechanical cockpit – electronics driven Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) are at the forefront of modern design.

Consumers expect an automotive experience to equal that of the rest of their world - meaning large high-definition displays, touch screens, capacitive touch sensors, and glossy sleek surfaces are amongst the features being sought.

However, increased content in the interior is countered by a desire for reduced assembly complexity, and lighter components and systems. ESI Automotive bring together all their expertise in both automotive films and electronic materials to offer a comprehensive materials stack combined with technical support.