Asahi Kasei has received eco-friendly certification for its Tenac-C Z4520 POM resin from the China Automotive Technology & Research Center (CATARC).
The product is described has having the world’s lowest volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
Official certification was awarded at a ceremony held at the China Automotive Materials International Forum in Tianjin, China, in March this year.
VOCs emitted by moulded plastics contribute to the ‘new car smell’ which is familiar to most new car buyers. While this is valued (to varying degrees) in most Western markets, in China the odour is considered unpleasant and efforts have been made to eliminate the smell.
The VOCs further contribute to reduced vehicle cabin air quality. In China, the world’s largest single automotive market, these are covered by the GB (‘Guobiao’, or national standards) regulations.
Tenac-C Z4520 has been manufactured in Japan since 2004 and in China since 2014. The material is used around the world for various interior automotive parts. Other applications include office equipment.
The Tenac polyacetal product group is characterised by its dimensional stability, chemical resistance, ease of moulding and extremely low emissions.
Commenting on the certification, Ippei Araya, senior general manager of the performance plastics division at Asahi Kasei, said: “This engineering plastic has already made the interior of many vehicle models around the world healthier and more comfortable for the passengers. Asahi Kasei will continue to contribute to safe and enjoyable mobility by supplying this product to key markets in Japan, China, and Europe.”
CATARC, which is located in Changzhou, China, is a government enterprise providing independent policy recommendations and performing environmental testing which serves as the basis for technical standards.