Toronto, Ontario — AkzoNobel has developed a new film product that allows automakers to hide radar sensors behind decorative metallic parts, instead of solid metal.
The company says its radar-transparent bright film means automakers no longer have to worry about hiding sensors behind a solid piece of metal, which can block the signals of safety features such as anti-collision warnings.
“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,” says Patrick Bourguignon, Director of AkzoNobel’s Automotive and Specialty Coatings business.
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.
“It was a highly technical process, which involved close collaboration with customers to establish correlations between film properties and radar transmission,” he says. “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. They include 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,” says 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.”