- Use of odorless, recyclable material in high-end cars - Bolsters cooperation with smaller suppliers
Buyers of new Hyundai cars will be able to enjoy a more pleasant driving environment.
Hyundai Mobis Co. (www.mobis.co.kr) applied an environment-friendly material in the cockpit of the Vera Cruz sport utility vehicle.
The thermoplastic urethane, jointly developed with a local manufacturer Hosung Chemex Co., is odorless, highly durable and resistant to heat and can be recycled, the automotive parts supplier said.
The TPU is used all over the cockpit module including the instrument panel and console box of Hyundai Motor Co.'s Vera Cruz. Hyundai Mobis plans to expand the use of TPU in more Hyundai-Kia models in the future to upgrade the standard of Korean cars.
The use of TPU in cockpit modules is expected to bring a sales increase of about 500 billion won, the company said.
The purpose of the five-year research and development of the TPU by Mobis and Hosung was to meet the toughened environmental regulations around the world including the Kyoto Protocol. It also aimed at increasing exports of Korean cars by enhancing their performance and quality.
Hyundai Mobis plans to continue research to develop new materials and extend collaboration with smaller suppliers to raise the competitiveness of Korean automotive parts industry.
Mobis began supplying complete chassis modules worth 200 billion won per year to Chrysler AG.
TPU(Thermoplastic Urethane) : Thermoplastic urethane can be regenerated when melted by heat. When frozen, the material is grinded to be sprinkled on molds like cockpit modules to produce a layer. Unlike other interior finishing materials, it is regarded environment-friendly as it does not discharge toxic substances such as dioxin.
<caption> Thermoplastic urethane developed by Hyundai Mobis is applied to the cockpit module of Hyundai Motor’s new Vera Cruz.