A door handle is the first contact with a car, therefore it must have an extremely smooth surface for an agreeable grip. Body panels, bumpers and exterior trims done in bold, radiant colors should not fade over time. And headlamp lenses, screens or panoramic roofs using polycarbonate (PC) or polyacrylate (PMMA) compounds require to stay transparent, keep their initial color and mechanical properties, for both safety and aesthetic reasons.
Clariant has developed cost-efficient solutions, based on high performance light stabilizers, that provide outstanding UV protection and mechanical resistance to many parts of a car's exterior, like body panels made from polypropylene compounds. These specialty light stabilizers make plastic materials strong and stable and ensure that the vibrant, intense color of a new car does not turn into a faint memory over time. Transparent elements are protected from unattractive yellowing, car parts retain excellent surface appearance even under severe weather conditions.