SHANGHAI, China – PolyOne today announced that OnFlex™ LO thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) have received a 2016 China Industry Development and Innovation Award, from Automobile & Parts magazine, an influential industry journal. The awards were co-organized with TÜV Rheinland, a leader in testing and technical services.
OnFlex LO, PolyOne’s newest ground-breaking TPE technology, reduces volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by up to 50 percent versus existing TPEs, and minimizes fogging and odor in interior automotive components. The formulation meets stringent odor (VDA 270) and fogging (VDA 278) standards.
Suitable for numerous components, including HVAC seals, buttons, controls, coin trays and drink holder mats, OnFlex LO can be overmolded onto polyolefin substrates using a two-shot injection molding process.
“Consumer concerns and industry regulations have made vehicle interior air quality a major focus for automotive manufacturers,” said Woonkeat Moh, general manager, GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers Asia and Specialty Engineered Materials Asia for PolyOne. “To address the challenges, we designed our new materials to give leading automakers and top-tier automotive suppliers the ultimate next-level option. While our existing TPEs lead the industry in low emissions performance, we continue to innovate and anticipate future demands and stricter requirements. Our new material will play an important role in minimizing further off-gassing of chemicals to help automakers create a healthier, more enjoyable vehicle environment.”
Automobile & Parts magazine initiated this awards program in 2013 to encourage and promote innovation in the automotive industry.
PolyOne Corporation, with 2015 revenues of $3.4 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe, by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises PledgeSM, PolyOne is committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles. For more information, visit www.polyone.com.
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