Machine Design

Here's The Skinny On Elastoskin Polyurethanes

A new Web site, basf.com/ elastoskin, gives auto designers the latest technical information on Elastoskin polyurethanes.

The thermoset plastic gives instrument panels, door trim, headrests, and air bags a soft, leatherlike skin that resists cracking over a wide temperature range. The site gives an overview of the polyurethane elastomer originally developed as a more high-performance, cost-effective alternative to aliphatic-isocyanate-based spray polyurethane skins. It is an aromatic-isocyanate-based plastic that creates multitone, soft-touch interior surfaces with no added material costs or additional cycle times. Elastoskin is applied either by spray or reaction injection molding.

BASF Corp., 100 Campus Dr., Florham Park, NJ 07932, (800) 526-1072, basf.com/usa

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