French project aims to slash weight of automotive trim

A project involving injection moulder Mecaplast and other companies based in France is seeking to commercialise a new technology for producing foamed polypropylene parts for automotive interior and exterior trim.

Mecaplast, headquartered in Monaco, said it has patented the process, which relies on a combination of moving mould cores, a chemical blowing agent, and lightweight reinforcing fillers. The technology can cut the weight of interior and exterior trim parts by between 30 and 50%, it said.

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