Low VOC emissions – reinforced PP compounds exceed OEM requirements

  • Compounds address global trend to reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • PP VLF products for structural use provide very good strength & stiffness
  • Applications: automotive interior – from instrument panel to storage bin

The global trend is to reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Low emission requirements started in Europe and are quickly being adopted by OEMs around the world.  RTP Company has addressed this issue and launched Very Long Fiber reinforced Polypropylene (PP VLF) compounds that meet the industry’s toughest emission requirements.

Compounds for structural use with low VOC emissions

These PP VLF products satisfy Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) mandates to reduce the VOC levels found in thermoplastic materials specified for use in automotive interior applications. Low emission PP VLF compounds are designed for structural use and provide very good strength, stiffness, and dimensional accuracy, with reinforcement levels of 20-50 weight%. They have been tested and authenticated by approved outside laboratories according to German Automotive Industry (VDA) test methods for odor, fogging, and total VOC emissions. Results from VDA test methods show that PP VLF products from RTP Company meet or exceed the OEM requirements in all three categories (see Figure 1).

table: VDA-Test-Results

Figure 1: VDA test results

Applications: from instrument panel to storage bins

These environmentally-friendly VLF compounds are used in automotive interior applications such as instrument panels, door module carriers, overhead and center consoles, seating, load floors, pedal boxes, spare tire covers and storage bins.

Automotive interior

“Some OEMs require only that ‘open air’ applications meet VOC standards, while others include covered or enclosed applications, as well,” explains Dave Pahl, RTP Company Automotive Market Manager. “Regardless of the OEM definitions, classifications or requirements, Tier suppliers can leverage RTP Company’s global footprint and application development expertise for low emission, structural interior solutions.”

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