Upgrade automotive interiors with Santoprene™ TPV ‘comfort-touch’ feel

Close-up of auto dashboard interior with man starting the car

Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) are an outstanding choice for automotive interior applications because of excellent surface qualities that include:

  • Comfort-touch feel
  • High scratch and mar resistance
  • Good abrasion and chemical resistance
  • Low fogging and odor emissions
  • Excellent colorability and stability

Good flow characteristics and excellent bonding properties with other materials promote greater design freedom, easier processing and reduced scrap rates.

Low-gloss, scratch-resistant ‘comfort-touch’ interiors
Santoprene™ TPV 8211-85M350 provides an improved scratch-resistant surface and significant system cost savings for both soft-touch painted polypropylene (PP) and PVC/thermoplastic olefin (TPO) skins used in:

  • Door panels
  • Center consoles
  • B-C pillars
  • Lower instrument panels
  • Back covers of seats

Processed in one step using two-shot injection overmolding onto a rigid ExxonMobil™ polypropylene substrate, Santoprene TPV 8211-85M350 creates a warmer-feeling-touch, non-compressible surface that does not allow cushion-like deformation. It improves color flexibility versus paints/skins and reduces interior noise.

Grips and knobs
Door and handbrake handles can benefit from colorable and UV-stable Santoprene™ TPV grades such as 8221-85M300 and 8223-30M300. These grades add a dry and silky touch to interior surfaces and meet low-emissions standards.

Interior mats and cupholders
High-flow Santoprene™ TPV 8221-65/75M300 grades provide excellent colorable, low-emissions solutions for interior applications that require a soft touch. A non-greasy feel, lightweight and noise-dampening properties make these grades ideal for cup and coin holders, mats and steering column shrouds.