The rolling stock industry is growing worldwide due to sustainability concerns. Beyond being a viable alternative to automotive and aviation travel, depending upon stage length, the rail industry is poised to become more sustainable through the material selection process. As a replacement to FRP, thermoplastics can transform rail car interiors to be more lightweight and durable, with added design forward options to improve the passenger experience.
The mass transit interiors team at SEKISUI KYDEX set out to showcase how thermoplastics can provide better aesthetics, enhanced durability, and improved sustainability for rolling stock interiors. To do this, the designLab®, appLab™, and business development teams collaborated to create a pressure formed sample using PVDF capped KYDEX® 2200LT rail material with Infused Imaging™. The goal was to develop a part to debut in September 2022 at InnoTrans, the world’s largest trade fair focused on the rail transport industry. Meeting this deadline required a quick turnaround by rapidly prototyping the parts.
SEKISUI KYDEX set out to show how thermoplastics can provide improved sustainability for rolling stock interiors in this case study.
SEKISUI KYDEX introduces its new Infused Imaging™ collection, made possible by a process that embeds imagery into KYDEX® Thermoplastics.
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