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We understand the importance of plastic substrates for reducing vehicle weight, its why our market leading hardcoat films and decorative coatings are already extensively used in automotive applications 

Smart surfaces in automotive interiors; what does the future hold?

The evolution of mobile phone design – moving away from buttons in favor of sleek smart screens with touch screen functionality – is making its way into automotive interior design, with smart surface embedded displays becoming an integral part of modern-day cars. Essentially, this means that display screens replace dials, and capacitive/touch control replace toggle switches.  

For this reason, the use of hardcoated films for interior applications is growing.

A benefit of hardcoated films for interior display screens is to reduce weight whilst maintaining the high quality of the multitasking interfaces. Varying gloss levels enable use of these surfaces at higher (brighter) and lower (darker) locations in the car interior. Additionally, capacitive touch surfaces (manufactured with hardcoated films) reduce complexity and therefore weight.

To find out more about how our hardcoated plastics can help with your design, click here.

Environmental compliance, the end of chromium plating, right?

As a design engineer, you already understand the benefits of chromium plated plastics. You know that car owners desire that quality and metallic feel that only plated plastic delivers. You also understand that environmental directives are challenging applicators to be REACh compliant and use less resources such as water.

Now you are designing the next generation vehicles and deciding on coatings for interior and exterior trim. You want to be sure that the applicator base can both meet the technical coating requirements while meeting those local environmental directives

At ESI Automotive we also understand this. Its why we introduced our hexavalent chromium-free evolve etching process for plastics and TRILYTE trivalent chromium plating technology. Both deliver performance to meet automotive requirements, even for exterior trim, while ensuring applicators can meet directives such as REACh.

For more information on our environmentally compliant decorative coatings, click here.