AkzoNobel Devlops Radar-Transparent Bright Film

July 21st, 2021 by Editor

AkzoNobel has developed film technology that allows automotive manufacturers to hide radar sensors behind decorative, metallic parts. The radar-transparent bright film means vehicle makers no longer have to worry about hiding sensors behind solid metal, which can block the signals of safety features such as anti-collision warnings, according to the company.

The products supplied by the company’s film business are primarily used by the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as for signage. They include coated films for substrate protection and decoration, and markings/decals used for safety and decoration. Patrick Bourguignon, director of AkzoNobel’s automotive and specialty coatings business, says the film is a response to an ever-evolving industry.

“Vehicle requirements are changing all the time, and we’re very happy to have solved this difficult problem with an intelligent film coating that allows radar signals to pass through,” Bourguignon says.

Customer feedback was key to the product’s successful development.

“It was a highly-technical process, which involved close collaboration with customers to establish correlations between film properties and radar transmission,” Bourguignon added. “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.”

“Innovation not only drives our business, it also contributes to the success of our customers,” continued Bourguignon. “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.”

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