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Back panel in the BMW Mini John Cooper Works with a superior surface appearance.
Back panel in the BMW Mini John Cooper Works with a superior surface appearance.

The multi-plate structure and wide variations in wall thickness of the back seat panel for the BMW Mini John Cooper Works made it difficult to achieve a 1A surface for the component. Müller-Technik GmbH teamed up with K.D. Feddersen GmbH & Co. KG to deliver an optimal component that was stable and visually appealing.

The challenge of the project was to produce a back panel for the front seats in the custom model made entirely out of plastic, to emphasize the car's sporty look. Good scratch resistance and low emissions were therefore key aspects.

The component also had to pass the BMW Group's head impact test to comply with the GS93016 standard. This called for stability and impact strength at the same time.

Christoph Gerling, Business Development Manager at K.D. Feddersen, assisted the team led by Jörg Sieverding, Project Manager at Müller-Technik, in selecting a suitable raw material.

Hostacom TRC 333N, a polypropylene (PP) compound reinforced with 20% talcum was found to meet Müller-Technik's expectations and requirements: low emissions, hence also low odor; high surface quality with excellent scratch resistance and a balance of stability and impact strength.

The material from US-based material manufacturer LyondellBasell is also easy to process due to its flowability. It is being used in the current series production in the OEM-specific color C12334 (BMW black).

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