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In a world where mobility, performance and sustainability go hand in hand, innovation in material science shapes the future. From manufacturers to customers, everyone is looking to develop or own a car that can combine comfort and environmental performance.

BPA-based materials help advance the automotive industry.

BPA is the main building block for the production of polycarbonate, a material that is increasingly used in the automotive sector for its performance. 

A car’s headlights, rear windows, bumpers, or dashboards are often made with polycarbonate plastic.

Energy performance

As the automotive industry is required to reduce its emissions, polycarbonate plastic can contribute to meeting emission targets.

For example, the use of polycarbonate in automotive head lamps and panorama roof applications can save 14-22 kg CO2 emissions/kg over a vehicle’s life cycle compared to other materials, such as glass or steel. In addition, use of lightweight polycarbonate in panorama roof applications helps lower a car’s centre of gravity and, therefore, increases the stability of the vehicle.

The exceptional light transmission of polycarbonate allows for architectural and interior LED lighting as well as LED vehicle headlamps. These excellent properties are also used to save energy and CO2 emissions linked to energy generation.

Innovation potential

The performance of polycarbonate is being constantly improved.

For converters, the benefits of polycarbonate result from its long life cycle, easy handling, attractive design potential and the reliable performance of the finished product.

Through technical and scientific innovation, new applications and product benefits are being offered, which enable the automotive sector to meet its customers’ needs.

Resource efficiency

The automotive industry is subject to environmental sustainability requirements to ensure that all materials used in a car are recycled, recovered, and re-used. Polycarbonate plastic makes this possible as it is often designed to be recycled. Such performance is key for the automotive sector, which aims to advance innovation while saving resources and improving the design and performance of its products.