Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group (MCHG) hereby announces that MCHG’s bio-based engineering plastic, DURABIO™, has been adopted as an application for the front grill of the S-CROSS manufactured by Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki). S-CROSS has been offered for sale since December 2021. This is the first time that DURABIO™ has been adopted for the exterior parts of Suzuki’s automobiles.
Made from the renewable plant-derived raw material isosorbide, DURABIO™ is a bio-based engineering plastic with excellent properties compared to conventional engineering plastics, including impact resistance, weather resistance and heat resistance. The plastic also has excellent color development, enabling the achievement of a sophisticated design with gloss finish just by adding a colorant. In addition, the plastic requires no painting and coating process, as its surface is hard and scratch-resistant, thereby reducing VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions generated during production. Although DURABIO™ had previously been applied to interior parts by Suzuki, the improved level of shock resistance and weather resistance required for use in exterior parts has led to its current adoption for exterior applications.
MCHG will continue to contribute to environmentally friendly car manufacturing through the development of DURABIO™ for use in car interior design parts as well as larger-sized exterior design parts.