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Published on July 16th 2021 in

AkzoNobel’s automotive film technology hits the radar

Innovative film technology that allows automotive manufacturers to hide radar sensors behind decorative metallic parts has been developed by AkzoNobel. The radar-transparent bright film – perfected by working together with customers – means car manufacturers no longer have to worry about hiding sensors behind solid metal, which can block the signals of safety features such as anti-collision warnings.

AkzoNobel is an approved supplier of film products for this particular application, and the company was recently specified as a global supplier of emblems by one of the world’s biggest car brands.

“Vehicle requirements are changing all the time and we’re very happy to have solved this difficult challenge with an intelligent film coating that allows radar signals to pass through,” explained Patrick Bourguignon, Director of AkzoNobel’s Automotive and Specialty Coatings business. “It was a highly technical process, which involved close collaboration with customers to establish correlations between film properties and radar transmission.”

Bourguignon continued: “On the surface, it provides an attractive, mirror-like finish. What you can’t see is the breakthrough technology we’ve developed, which allows better and more consistent transmission of signals that ultimately help people to drive more safely.” The products supplied by the company’s Film business are mainly used by the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as for signage.”

The range includes coated films for substrate protection and decoration, and markings/decals used for safety and decoration. “Innovation not only drives our business, it also contributes to the success of our customers. We’ll continue to channel our pioneering spirit into working together with our partners to develop advanced solutions and meet any challenges that the future may bring.” concluded Bourguignon who added that other vehicle manufacturers are keen to include the bright film technology in their designs

For more details about this innovation and the company’s automotive activities: visit: https://automotive.akzonobel.com/.

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