USA: Saturn adopts Lear's SonoTec EPAcoustic Material for dash insulators
SonoTec EP is a patented, thermoplastic material made from recycled carpet scrap that is 40% lighter than traditional acoustic-barrier material but costs the same as the material Saturn had previously been using. Lear claims that SonoTec EP is also easier to install, which results in reduced scrap rates and improved assembly line efficiency.
"GM's Saturn Corporation is the first original equipment manufacturer to use this new technology in a major application," said Larry Bowen, tech manager for SonoTec EP. "However, we foresee increased demand for it in additional automotive applications in the future."