International Automotive Components (IAC) said its new Prestice 2 production facility in the Czech Republic is fully operational and has started producing lightweight injection moulded inner dash insulation for two premium European original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers. With the future start of a major door trim programme, the factory is expected to reach full capacity in 2018.
The new 18,000-square-metre (193,750 square feet) facility went from concept to start of production in just eight months. The plant also produces trunk trim and dash insulation components for the Opel Astra. IAC Prestice 2 is located 2km (1.2 miles) away from the Prestice 1 facility.
Injection moulded dash inner insulation complements IAC's offer of lightweight acoustical insulation products, which also includes the claimed industry first sprayed polyurethane (PUR) inner dash technology.
PUR sprayed inner dash insulation with back foaming achieves weight reductions of about 20% coupled with a superior acoustic performance.
For the past few years, PUR sprayed dash inner insulation has been in production at IAC Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA and IAC Straubing, Germany.