Results from VDA test methods show that the compounds meet or exceed the OEM requirements in all three categories.
Results from VDA test methods show that the compounds meet or exceed the OEM requirements in all three categories.

The new PP VLF products reportedly satisfy OEM mandates to reduce the volatile organic compound (VOC) levels found in thermoplastic materials specified for use in automotive interior applications. International legislation and automotive OEMs have identified the need to reduce odor, fogging, and total VOCs to improve air quality and the safety of vehicle interiors.

Low emission PP VLF compounds are designed for structural use and provide improved strength, stiffness, and dimensional accuracy, with reinforcement levels of 20–50 wt%. They have been tested and authenticated by approved outside laboratories according to German Automotive Industry (VDA) test methods for odor, fogging, and total VOC emissions. 

Results from VDA test methods show that the compounds meet or exceed the OEM requirements in all three categories (see image).

Tough requirements

‘The global trend is to reduce VOCs to meet increasingly tough OEM environmental standards,’ said Dave Pahl, RTP’s automotive market manager. 

‘Our challenge was to sort through the complexity of varying OEM specifications, test methods, and classifications to develop VLF compounds that meet the industry’s toughest emission requirements.’

The VLF products can be used in automotive interior applications such as instrument panels, door module carriers, overhead and center consoles, seating, load floors, pedal boxes, spare tire covers and storage bins.