Body & Exterior

Stylish Design for Automotive Body and Exterior Products

DuPont Automotive helps design engineers make fuel-efficient cars that are stylish, affordable, and fun to drive. Our materials and expertise offer unique design opportunities while reducing production time, costs, and environmental impact.

Design engineers can enhance several areas of the automotive body and exterior to improve the vehicle’s comfort and design.

Comfort and Design: Using plastic in exterior trim such as the front grille offers designers weight reduction, time and cost savings, and fantastic styling flexibility. Headlamp bezels add personality and can be made with DuPont resins, which can be molded into a unique design, providing excellent surface appearance straight from the mold.

Total System Cost: DuPont resins offer heat resistance, thermal stability, and reduced defects from outgassing. Cost savings are also realized through longer production runs, higher yields, and improved uptime.

Featured

  • Design in Automotive Lighting

    Automotive headlamps – a significant opportunity to add personality to vehicle styling – can now be manufactured more cost effectively through a new “Design-Materials-Processing” solution developed by DuPont Automotive.

DUPONT BRANDS

  • Surlyn® Ionomer Resin

  • DuPont™ Kevlar® brand aramid fiber helps save lives and also helps strengthen eq

    Kevlar® brand

  • SentryGlas® Safety Glass Interlayer

    DuPont™ SentryGlas® safety glass interlayer applications include hurricane-resistant windows, doors and skylights, bomb-blast-resistant windows, doors and facade canopies, structural glass flooring, stairs, walkways, pedestrian bridges, and automotive glass. The SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayers help create lighter, stronger, more structural and more secure glass.

  • Butacite® PVB Interlayer

    Tough, flexible, and resilient, DuPont™ Butacite® PVB interlayer makes automotive and architectural glass safer by helping retain glass shards and absorb impact.

  • DuPont™ Crastin® PBT resin provides reliability, durability and versatility.

    Crastin® PBT thermoplastic polyester resin

  • Teflon® Fluoropolymer Resins

    A staple in kitchens since the 1960’s, DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coating systems make life easier. Did you know the Teflon® brand goes far beyond cookware? It is also found across a broad range of consumer and industrial applications and processing techniques.

  • Krytox® Performance Lubricants

    DuPont™ Krytox® performance lubricants are nonflammable, chemically inert oils and greases that offer thermal stability for automotive and industrial applications, including bearings, seals, and gaskets.

  • Rynite® PET thermoplastic polyester resin

  • Thermo-Man® Demonstration Unit

  • Tefzel® ETFE Fluoropolymer Resin

    DuPont™ Tefzel® ETFE fluoropolymer resin is a modified ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene fluoropolymer available as pellets, or as powder for rotational molding. Tefzel® ETFE resin combines mechanical toughness with an outstanding chemical inertness that approaches that of DuPont™ Teflon® fluoropolymer resins.

INFORMATION & IDEAS

  • Thermal Regulations Overview

    DuPont offers an overview of the typical regulation hazard codes and the leading thermal regulations impacting personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Cut Standards

    To facilitate the choice of mechanical (cut) protective clothing, both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Union (EU) have developed cut standards for selection criteria.

  • Durability and Lifecycle of DuPont™ Protera®

    The superior lifecycle of DuPont™ Protera®, as well as its thermal-resistant protection and ease of maintenance, sets it apart from FR-treated fabrics. See how Protera® compares.

  • Durability and Lifecycle of DuPont™ Nomex®

    Durable, inherently fire-resistant Nomex® fiber has an excellent wear life and helps contribute to bottom-line savings.

  • Comfort & Heat Stress

    For maximum protection against fires, the body must be covered as completely as possible with flame-resistant protective clothing. This requires long pants and long sleeves, making for hot work in warm and humid climates. Understandably, industrial workers may be concerned about potential heat stress when wearing protective apparel. Learn more about the factors that can lead to heat stress, and how DuPont brands can help offer comfort and protection in protective garments.

  • Flame-Resistant Technologies – FRT vs. Inherent

    What are the differences between “inherent” and “treated” flame resistant fabrics? Learn how each fabric reacts when exposed to heat, and when flame-resistant properties can be removed.

  • New Kevlar® Plant at Cooper River

    The new plant near Charleston, South Carolina, together with our other global assets, helps DuPont meet strong and growing global demand for Kevlar®.

  • Car Manufacturing Costs

  • DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards

    The DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards recognized DuPont customers’ ingenuity through products and services that incorporated new ideas, methods, technologies, or applications for Kevlar®.

  • Cut Test Methods

    Review the various cut test methods used by regional and global standards groups to rate the level of cut protection of gloves and other accessories.

  • NESC® C2 Overview

    NESC® C2 sets best practices and rules to protect utility workers in the construction, maintenance, and operation of electric supply and communication lines and equipment.

  • NFPA 2113 Overview

    NFPA 2113 specifies the minimum selection, care, use, and maintenance requirements for flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel in areas at risk from flash fires or short-duration flame exposure that are compliant with NFPA 2112.

CASE STUDIES

  • Headlight bezels made from Crastin®

    Headlamp bezels are a part of a tailored headlamp solution utilizing bezels that combine the exceptional properties of DuPont™ Crastin® PBT polyester with innovative manufacturing techniques, design and development for more stylish and cost-effective results.