Stylish Design for Automotive Body and Exterior Products
DuPont Automotive helps design engineers make fuel-efficient cars that are stylish, affordable, and fun to drive. Our materials and expertise offer unique design opportunities while reducing production time, costs, and environmental impact.
Design engineers can enhance several areas of the automotive body and exterior to improve the vehicle’s comfort and design.
Comfort and Design: Using plastic in exterior trim such as the front grille offers designers weight reduction, time and cost savings, and fantastic styling flexibility. Headlamp bezels add personality and can be made with DuPont resins, which can be molded into a unique design, providing excellent surface appearance straight from the mold.
Total System Cost: DuPont resins offer heat resistance, thermal stability, and reduced defects from outgassing. Cost savings are also realized through longer production runs, higher yields, and improved uptime.
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Durability and Lifecycle of DuPont™ Nomex®
Durable, inherently fire-resistant Nomex® fiber has an excellent wear life and helps contribute to bottom-line savings.
Durability and Lifecycle of DuPont™ Protera®
The superior lifecycle of DuPont™ Protera®, as well as its thermal-resistant protection and ease of maintenance, sets it apart from FR-treated fabrics. See how Protera® compares.
Flame-Resistant Technologies – FRT vs. Inherent
What are the differences between “inherent” and “treated” flame resistant fabrics? Learn how each fabric reacts when exposed to heat, and when flame-resistant properties can be removed.
Comfort & Heat Stress
For maximum protection against fires, the body must be covered as completely as possible with flame-resistant protective clothing. This requires long pants and long sleeves, making for hot work in warm and humid climates. Understandably, industrial workers may be concerned about potential heat stress when wearing protective apparel. Learn more about the factors that can lead to heat stress, and how DuPont brands can help offer comfort and protection in protective garments.
Thermal Regulations Overview
DuPont offers an overview of the typical regulation hazard codes and the leading thermal regulations impacting personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Vehicle Design Options Multiplied
- Car Manufacturing Costs
New Kevlar® Plant at Cooper River
The new plant near Charleston, South Carolina, together with our other global assets, helps DuPont meet strong and growing global demand for Kevlar®.
Cut Standards for Protective Gloves
To facilitate the choice of mechanical (cut) protective clothing, both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Union (EU) have developed cut standards for selection criteria.
Headlight bezels made from Crastin®
Headlamp bezels are a part of a tailored headlamp solution utilizing bezels that combine the exceptional properties of DuPont™ Crastin® PBT polyester with innovative manufacturing techniques, design and development for more stylish and cost-effective results.