Extended driving range, safety and energy efficiency
Internal combustion vehicles will be abandoned in the coming decades. Alternative forms of energy such as electricity will increasingly be used to power vehicles. For this reason, there is a desire to make vehicles even lighter, and Aikon® high-performance plastics offer excellent glazing solutions for this purpose.
Windows form large surfaces in a vehicle and they significantly affect the total weight. Aikon® PC Hard is an excellent material to replace heavy glass and utilize the benefits of transparent plastic sheets. Aikon® high-performance plastics are energy-efficient solutions for window glazing as they weigh half the weight of glass.
Plastics offer many advantages over other materials
Plastics offer many advantages over other materials and one of their main advantages is lightness. Lightweight materials have essential role for the development of automotive industry. The driving range of a vehicle can be increased by utilizing high performance plastic materials. Polycarbonate is a superior material for glazing solutions as its impact resistance is 200 times higher compared to glass. As hard coated, PC becomes a superior material for vehicle applications.
We value partnership and want to be involved in the customer's product development. By working with Aikon experts, you get the latest expertise and state-of-the-art technology to your product development process. We manufacture prototypes as well as small series based to the customer’s specific needs. Our production capacity and high degree of automation also enable the delivery of large production batches cost-effectively.
Aikon state-of-the-art technology enables integrating smart technologies to the glazing solution. For example, shading films provide custom shading as their dimming features allow controlling how much light enters a space, thus creating a comfortable user experience. In addition, the films enable optimizing light to utilize natural light to save energy and increase ambiance, but also shade during peak hours for vehicle cooling and solar control.
Machine vision monitors automated coating and screen printing line
Machine vision monitors the quality of high-performance plastic sheets
Hard coating improves significantly scratch resistance
Hard coating creates premium performance for a plastic sheet, which is required for the materials used in the automotive industry. Hard coating improves abrasion resistance and chemical resistance of a plastic sheet. It also protects the material from harmful UV-radiation and other weather conditions.
Integrating smart technologies into windows of electric or lightweight vehicles provide advantages to the vehicle manufacturers. Laminating enables the embedding of shading films, transparent displays or heating systems into windows. The technologies create comfort and positively affect the user experience.
Dimming solutions can be integrated to high-performance glazing to create dynamic shading and optimize light control. The use of instant shading and solar reflection in vehicle windows eliminates road glare. Vehicle manufacturers gain advantages of smart films, while the solution enables reducing material costs, optimizing space, and saving energy. Smart films are embedded to the windows or sunroof glazing in the laminating process.