In its Performance Materials business sector, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, offers a wide variety of materials for the automotive industry. The applications include materials for lighting systems, sunroofs, free-form displays and smart antennas, as well as coatings for interior and exterior applications.
To give visitors an impression of the vast range of possibilities, a partial model of a virtual concept car will be exhibited at the stand of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
Liquid crystal and OLED materials from Merck KGaA are a component of innovative lighting solutions. Headlights with liquid crystal shutters go one step further than conventional systems by adjusting the light distribution as needed in real time.
Hella, a lighting and electronic components expert, wants to bring this technology to the market together with Merck KGaA. OLED technology offers new types of advantages, which will be presented at the IAA in a partial model of the concept vehicle. Because the parts are lightweight and require little space, they allow rear lights in new forms, giving designers even greater possibilities.
The liquid crystal window technology developed by Merck KGaA can also be used in cars, making it possible to darken sunroofs and windows at the push of a button. The technology will celebrate its global debut as a complete component at the IAA.
In addition, liquid crystal and OLED materials from Merck KGaA permit free-form displays, which no longer have to be rectangular, thus paving the way for new interior designs. Not only can the shapes be designed more flexibly, but especially with OLEDs, the depth is also shallower, which expands the design possibilities even further. In addition, the technology permits particularly vivid contrasts, brilliant colors, sharp images, and pleasant readability.
Liquid crystal mixtures from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, are also used in smart satellite antennas specifically developed for vehicle applications. With increasing digitalization and maximum connectivity, reliable network connections in cars are becoming increasingly important. In contrast to today’s usually large mechanical antenna solutions, smart antennas can receive a much greater volume of data nearly everywhere around the world.
As a market leader in pearlescent pigments, Merck KGaA manufactures materials for the automotive industry that are used in both interiors and exteriors to give vehicles a unique color, luster, sparkle, and gloss effects. Functional additives protect the coating, forming a protective shield to prevent external influences such as scratches, dirt, and corrosion.