Integral Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:ITKG) (“Integral”) an emerging leader in electrically conductive plastics, announced today that parts made from its ElectriPlast™ pellets have met the next testing milestones, toward final approval for use in a 2012 model year car, for a prestigious European automaker.
This development follows Integral’s announcement on October 14, 2010, that they had shipped ElectriPlast™ pellets, to one of the world’s leading automakers, through a Tier 1 automotive supplier, for the prototype and development of production sample parts. The automotive supplier has notified Integral that they have successfully molded the parts with ElectriPlast™ and the parts have met all the required electrical, structural, and physical specifications. The ElectriPlast™ parts underwent and passed several tests, including seal test for pressure and fluid and vibration testing.
In a related and significant development, Underwriters Laboratories (“UL”) approval was given to the ElectriPlast™ parts for their electromagnetic compatibility (“EMC”), and this Tier 1 supplier has ordered more ElectriPlast™ pellets for the production of additional sample parts.
Upon completion of the project, the ElectriPlast™ parts will replace metal parts used to shield the car’s power electronics and will be deployed on a global platform. The ElectriPlast™ parts provide a nearly 50% weight savings over the metal parts currently being used, while also providing superior RF shielding properties.
“Our excitement grows as we meet each milestone,” said William Robinson, CEO of Integral. We have long known that ElectriPlast™ was special, which the auto industry has now confirmed. ElectriPlast’s™ unique combination of light weight, flexible and low cost manufacturing and superior electrical shielding has gotten the attention of this Tier 1 supplier, which already has begun to include our material in its new designs.”
Meeting these mechanical and electrical requirements is a major step towards final approval of ElectriPlast™ for use in one of the world’s leading automakers. It’s also a major step toward establishing a broader foothold in the automotive industry where the opportunities for manufacturers to benefit from the weight savings and superior electrical performance of ElectriPlast™ is virtually limitless.
ElectriPlast™ can replace metal in a multitude of parts, ranging from battery covers, connectors and fuses to shielded plugs and connectors. By utilizing ElectriPlast™ for shielding applications alone, manufacturers are able to reduce the weight of a vehicle by as much as fourteen pounds, while improving electrical shielding performance and reducing the parts’ cost and shipping weight. The Company is developing other applications for ElectriPlast™ that will provide further weight reductions.