automotive world of Kuraray
The challenges for the automotive industry are constantly growing: performance & safety improvement, design optimization, greater comfort and fuel efficiency by vehicle weight reduction. We help achieve these goals by providing a wide range of high performance materials as well as expert services –making sure you find the right solution for your specific requirements.
Tires & brake hoses:
Kuraray Liquid rubber (K-LR) enhances the performance of tires significantly by simultaneously controlling the balance of grip, fuel efficiency and wear resistance. The synthetic fiber KURALON™ is used e.g. for the reinforcement of automobile hydraulic brake hoses.
Trosifol® and SentryGlas® interlayer solutions in laminated safety glass for windshields, side windows and sun roofs combine enhanced comfort − safety, durability, UV protection and a quieter ride − with increased fuel efficiency by vehicle weight reduction. The Head-Up Display (HUD) interlayer ‘The Wedge’ uniquely provides a high quality projected image on the Windshields, and increases safety by allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road while still viewing critical vehicle data.
Sealings & Adhesives:
K-LR, and SEPTON™ are used for sealings, K-LR and Mowital® for structural adhesives. K-LR displays excellent heat, weather and chemical resistance, while boasting high electrical insulation properties.
Paintwork & damage-repair:
Mowital® polyvinyl butyral resins provide reliable adhesion and excellent UV resistence for stoving finishes, primers, and corrosion protection coatings. They are the ideal basis for automotive repair coatings.
Lighting & signing:
Parapet® acrylic molding materials are used for tail lamp covers and number plates due to their excellent weather ability, easy coloring and transparency. Mowital® is part of retro reflective films for number plates.
SEPTON™ and HYBRAR™ elastomers offer endless possibilities for refining instrument panels and controls. Parapet® features highest transparency and surface hardness as compared to other plastics, and is widely used for meter panel covers instead of glass.
Seats & interior parts:
Using Kuraray’s Hook & Loop fastener for the assembly of interior parts increases design flexibility, improves productivity and reduces weight. Clarino™ man-made leathers provide a classy appearance and pleasant touch to interiors, are breathable, easy-care and look good for years. Kuraray polyols are used for car seat coatings and optimize both, softness and toughness.
Parking brake grip:
K-LR are used for a variety of applications including automobile parts, as a flexible material substitute for vulcanized rubber and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Using heat resistant, moldable Kuraray non-woven as a separator in the process of roofing parts molding prevents sticking, and thus improves productivity.
Under the hood
Engines and fuel tanks:
The excellent barrier properties of EVAL™ EVOH resins enable to produce lighter fuel tanks with very low evaporative emissions, in accordance with the strict international regulations. GENESTAR™ is a high performance polyamide resin which has excellent heat resistance, chemical resistance and low water absorption, and can be used for a wide range of parts such as engine parts, fuel parts and gears. KURARAY POVAL™ is used as temporary binder in the ceramic parts of spark plugs. Activated Carbon limits the release of evaporated gasoline from fuel tanks or carburetors. In this application activated carbon is usually combined with non-woven.
Acoustic parts in engine room:
High density Kuraray non-woven fabrics can achieve high sound absorption and weight savings.
Cables, hoses, grommets & gaskets:
It’s excellent high heat resistance and chemical resistance properties make SEPTON™ the ideal material for these applications.
Cabin Air Filters:
The excellent gas adsorption properties of activated carbon make passenger compartments cleaner. Kuraray's activated carbon sheet is a sheet type adsorbent made by impregnating urethane form or non-woven fabric with activated carbon that has excellent absorptivity. It is lightweight, dust free and has a high adsorption speed.
Battery separator papers impregnated with KURARAY POVAL™ increase chemical resistance and extend battery lifetime.
Electrode material for super capacitors:
Activated carbon contributes to quick charge/discharge performance and high reliability of super capacitors. Kuraray offers two types of activated carbon kits specifically tailored for this application: YP-50F and YP-80F. These 2 types of high surface area activated carbon in pure quality will meet your super capacitor design needs.
Car shampoo & air fresheners:
MMB (3-methoxy-3-methyl-1-butanol) is a unique alcohol solvent produced by Kuraray. In shampoos it helps stabilizing the formulation and to incorporating higher amounts of surfactant. It is recognized as a human and environment friendly solvent, passed the US EPA’s DfE screen for solvents and is listed on Cleangredients due to its low toxicity profile.