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Toyota Window Loses 50% of Weight with SABIC Materials 14591Toyota Window Loses 50% of Weight with SABIC Materials

Ann R. Thryft

July 22, 2016

3 Min Read
Toyota Window Loses 50% of Weight with SABIC Materials

The last time we told you about SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate (PC) glazing materials they were reducing the weight of the rear side windows in Ford's Fusion-based Lightweight Concept vehicle by 35%. Now they've appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.

If you haven't heard of this car, that's because the special edition 86 GRMN is a model sold only in Japan. It was debuted earlier this year at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2016. The rear quarter window is injection molded of a material combination devised by SABIC Innovative Plastics. It consists of LEXAN PC resin coated with the EXATEC plasma coating. In addition to saving weight, it's also extremely durable.


About the Author(s)

Ann R. Thryft

Ann R. Thryft has written about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for Design News, EE Times, Test & Measurement World, EDN, RTC Magazine, COTS Journal, Nikkei Electronics Asia, Computer Design, and Electronic Buyers' News (EBN). She's introduced readers to several emerging trends: industrial cybersecurity for operational technology, industrial-strength metals 3D printing, RFID, software-defined radio, early mobile phone architectures, open network server and switch/router architectures, and set-top box system design. At EBN Ann won two independently judged Editorial Excellence awards for Best Technology Feature. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a Certified Business Communicator certificate from the Business Marketing Association (formerly B/PAA).

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