Hutchinson announced that a team from the Bodywork Seals Business Unit and the Research and Innovation Center have perfected a 100 % thermoplastic door seal. According to the company, this new product deliveres improved weight (30 to 50 % compared to the generic EPDM solution), recyclability, and good aesthetics. The company said that an initial production order has been placed for a range of premium vehicles (Jaguar-Land Rover).
This development is according to Hutchinson the fruit of a collaboration across business units that resulted in patented product/process innovations. The development allows Hutchinson to make a significant contribution towards reducing CO2, as sought by automotive manufacturers.