The underbody shield from Freudenberg Performance Materials is currently being sampled by various automotive manufacturers or is already going through actual trials. “Our underbody is expected to be on the roads starting in 2023. It still has complicated tests to pass by then,” says Venugopal, explaining the process. After all, exterior components of cars have a lot to hold up to, and are tested for the effects of forces such as stone chips, water and wind.
The market offers great potential: 70 million square meters of underbody protection in total is already on the road in cars in Europe alone. While Freudenberg Performance Materials is currently developing and marketing the underbody shield in Europe, the product will also be available in other regions of the world in the future. Is there any potential for further applications? Structural parts expert Venugopal says there is: “Just recently we provided a customer with a sample for a trunk lid. Our goal is to develop more sustainable products for automobiles and replace more applications with fully recyclable sandwich components – and to do so on a worldwide level.”