A ‘low-squeak’ grade of ARPRO, the specialist lightweight material from JSP, is making noise in the automotive market as manufacturers respond to customer demand for optimum driver comfort, even in entry-level vehicles.
In order to compete in an increasingly competitive market, vehicle manufacturers are looking in detail at how to improve the driver experience, including how to limit noise vibration and harshness (NVH) issues deriving from ‘squeaky’ interior components, such as sun visors and boot liners.
JSP states the ‘low squeak’ ARPRO formulation has been developed using a non-slip additive that reduces friction and the ‘stick-slip’ effect caused by the transfer of kinetic energy between adjacent vehicle components. This in turn dramatically reduces interior noise.
Paul Compton, JSP President and Chief Executive Officer – Europe, Middle-East and Africa, said: “There are certain components in a vehicle that are likely to make noise as the car moves and causes vibrations. ‘Clam shell’ style sun visors for example tend to be made of a lightweight material and metal arm and, when opened and closed, can make an irritating noise.
“Now that powertrain and road noise in the modern car are lower, vehicle interiors have become the focus for NVH reduction. Also, as quality standards improve and filter through the market, even drivers of entry-level vehicles expect these types of issues to be addressed, and manufacturers need to respond to this demand.
“Using ARPRO as the core material in these types of interior components provides a simple solution. Without compromising on performance in other areas, ARPRO®low-squeak reduces ‘stick-slip’ and therefore noise. Additional benefits of ARPRO include energy absorption, component consolidation, easier assembly, lighter weight and enhanced recyclability, making it an incredibly versatile solution.”