BASF's acrylonitrile butadiene styrene/polyamide blend, Terblend® N NG?02 is being used for the first time for a ski-hatch opening in the new Opel Insignia. In spite of its glass fiber content, this ABS/PA plastic can be used for visible parts without having to be coated. In comparison to other vehicle interior materials, this saves time and cuts costs, the company says. The ski-hatch opening consists of four individual parts that are clipped together in pairs and thus requires a good balance between stiffness, dimensional stability and toughness.
The Terblend N grade has been designed specifically for esthetic applications that also call for a certain amount of stiffness. This stiffness is achieved by a relatively small content of glass fibers (8%) and by their gentle incorporation. With its uniform matt finish and ability to replicate the mold structures down to the last detail, this material is said to create high-quality surfaces for exposed parts in visible areas. The company says that Terblend N NG?02 stands out for its good flowability, processing characteristics and high acoustic damping relative to other materials.