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Posted: April 10, 2006
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A magnesium hybrid called Tego Magnan foams molten aluminum in the die Matting agent for pleasant “car feel” With so-called soft-feel matting agents (Acematt 3200 and Acematt 3300), Degussa reports it opens up completely new design options for interior designers. These materials reportedly make it possible to coat plastic surfaces, giving them a finish from completely matte to satin glossy. Specific areas of application are dashboards, doors and other interior paneling.
Requirements imposed on lubricants for engines and transmissions are higher protection against wear, better temperature behavior and low sludge formation. These requirements can be satisfied by additives. With its Viscoplex product, Degussa has improved these special additives in their natural properties. As a result, the engine and transmission claim to run more efficiently, reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Degussa supplies many polymers for automobile interiors and engine compartments. For example, back-lit Plexiglas scattering films, which are said to provide for uniform light scattering and high transmission. Interior cover pieces made of the material are highly transparent, colorless, and feature high surface hardness. Films made of Degussa's polyamide Vestamid are equally highly transparent, in addition to being resistant to chemicals and impact. They can be decorated by means of the most sophisticated processes and are suitable for protecting and upgrading surfaces such as dashboards, trim sills, or car body attachments.
Scratch resistance, weathering resistance, resistance to fuel or solvents, environmental compatibility and, particularly, brilliant gloss are the criteria that today's automobile coatings must satisfy. Degussa methacrylates are optimally suited as monomers for both pigment-containing primer and for clear coats. They are, to some extent, the actual coating designers.