Teflon™ Fluoropolymers in Automotive Cable Applications

Improving Durability and Performance of Electronic Automotive Components

Automobile manufacturing is changing rapidly to meet the latest demands for luxury, safety, and performance. Amenities like satellite navigation, driver assist, safety and infotainment systems, voice recognition, and connectivity have become more standard.

Teflon™ fluoropolymers make it possible to incorporate these electronic features into automobiles with greater efficiency and reliability. Both consumer demand and evolving regulations drive the increased use of electronic components in cars. These advances require electrical circuits to work harder at higher temperatures. The demand for electronics components will continue to grow thanks to:

  • Continuous improvements in safety features
  • Compliance with environmental regulations that govern fuel efficiency and lower emissions
  • An expectation of comfort and ergonomics
  • A call for noise reduction, achieved with enhanced sound insulation and high-performance lubricants
  • Demand for lower costs associated with usage and maintenance
  • A drive toward a longer warranties and 15 years of operational efficiency for system assemblies
  • The transition from 12-volt to 48-volt systems within the automobile industry

In addition to electrical components that are more consumer-facing, new designs for fuel and braking systems, powertrains, chassis, and interiors also require high-performance cabling. Teflon™ fluoropolymers play key roles wherever components need thinner-but-better insulating materials that can withstand ever-increasing service temperatures.

Teflon™ Fluoropolymer Resins: Enhancing Automotive Products

Characteristics of Teflon™ fluoropolymer resins that make them an excellent choice for automotive applications include:

  • High/low temperature resistance
  • Chemical and hydrolysis resistance
  • High dielectric properties
  • Stress-crack resistance (tested against military specifications)
  • Dimensional stability
  • Low permeability
  • Low coefficient of friction

Learn more about cabling applications and specific product performance characteristics of Teflon™ fluoropolymer resins.