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.
- Kevlar® brand
SentryGlas® Safety Glass Interlayer
DuPont™ SentryGlas® safety glass interlayer applications include hurricane-resistant windows, doors and skylights, bomb-blast-resistant windows, doors and facade canopies, structural glass flooring, stairs, walkways, pedestrian bridges, and automotive glass. The SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayers help create lighter, stronger, more structural and more secure glass.
Butacite® PVB Interlayer
Tough, flexible, and resilient, DuPont™ Butacite® PVB interlayer makes automotive and architectural glass safer by helping retain glass shards and absorb impact.
- Surlyn® Ionomer Resin
- Crastin® PBT Thermoplastic Polyester Resin
- Nomex® for Automotive Heat Shield
Teflon® Fluoropolymer Resins
A staple in kitchens since the 1960’s, DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coating systems make life easier. Did you know the Teflon® brand goes far beyond cookware? It is also found across a broad range of consumer and industrial applications and processing techniques.
Rynite® PET Polyester Resin
DuPont™ Rynite® PET polyester resins combine stiffness, temperature performance, dimensional stability, and a high gloss finish in glass reinforced resins, to produce high-performance parts that can be molded conventionally.
Zytel® nylon resin is the most versatile of plastics - easy to process, easy to modify, and environmentally responsible in production and in reuse. It's tough, light and surprisingly resilient in hot, chemically aggressive and humid environments. DuPont™ Zytel® HTN high-performance polyamide bridges the performance gap between conventional engineering resins and high-end specialty polymers.
Crastin® PBT Thermoplastic Polyester Resin
DuPont™ Crastin® PBT thermoplastic polyester resins deliver superior electrical insulation performance, plus heat resistance and physical toughness – an ideal combination for numerous applications.
- Thermo-Man® Demonstration Unit
Tefzel® ETFE Fluoropolymer Resin
DuPont™ Tefzel® ETFE fluoropolymer resin is a modified ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene fluoropolymer available as pellets, or as powder for rotational molding. Tefzel® ETFE resin combines mechanical toughness with an outstanding chemical inertness that approaches that of DuPont™ Teflon® fluoropolymer resins.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
What Keeps You Safe?
“What Keeps You Safe?” PPE videos from DuPont show how heroes in firefighting, military, law enforcement, and emergency response rely on DuPont invention and innovation.
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®.
- View Gloves made with Kevlar® in DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ 2.0
- Cut Test Methods
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.
Design in Automotive Lighting
Automotive headlamps – a significant opportunity to add personality to vehicle styling – can now be manufactured more cost effectively through a new “Design-Materials-Processing” solution developed by DuPont Automotive.
- Vehicle Design Options Multiplied
- Car Manufacturing Costs
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.
Durability and Lifecycle of DuPont™ Nomex®
Durable, inherently fire-resistant Nomex® fiber has an excellent wear life and helps contribute to bottom-line savings.
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.