Excellent knowledge of plastics and state-of-the-art development tools: IAV turns customer specifications into reality

IAV can look back on over 25 years of developing plastic components for vehicles. We also apply this expertise in projects from the heavy-duty segment – whether in designing bumpers, door outer panels, covers, hoods or roof modules. We employ materials that are best suited to the application purpose: Depending on component requirements, the thermal stability needed and the desired surface quality, our engineers use thermoplastics, such as polypropylene, polycarbonate or PPO/PA as well as thermosetting plastics or polyurethanes.

We benefit from our excellent contacts with leading plastics manufacturers – because it means we are always familiar with innovative materials for developing vehicle exteriors. In particular, this gives us an edge in the context of lightweight design: For example, we can replace SMC components with parts made of lighter thermoplastics. We can also provide our clients with production-ready and component-optimized solutions for the online use of plastic fenders. Materials suitable for this include PPO/PA which, in the painting process, can even withstand temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius. As these components can go through the cathodic dip painting process together with the body in white, problems, such as color variations, are a thing of the past.

Above all, production and tool-friendly design has top priority for us in developing complex parts: Components for use in volume production must be easy to manufacture and assemble – and also weight-optimized. For this purpose we use CATIA V5 CAD software which allows us to meet our clients’ demands in relation to data quality.