Innovative technologies from PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, have enabled Citroen to launch groundbreaking Airbump® exterior protective panels on the new C4 Cactus passenger car.
The air-filled Airbump panels can compress up to 20 mm, and bounce back to shape in an instant. Citroen notes that this will reduce the cost of vehicle ownership by reducing damage due to everyday bumps, such as those from shopping carts or the doors of other vehicles.
Working closely with the Citroen design team, PolyOne developed a specialty OnColor™ Smartbatch™ color and additive technology that allows the distinctive panels to meet stringent UV stability, appearance and durability requirements.
"We are thrilled at the opportunity to be part of this effort by bringing enabling technologies to the Citroen team as they pioneer new directions in automotive design," said Christoph Palm, general manager, Color & Additives EMEA & India, PolyOne Corporation. "By working with Citroen and its Tier 1 suppliers, we were able to develop an advanced solution that provides the panels with uniform, attractive, and durable color despite exposure to sunlight, heat, and detergents."