Teijin Ltd. has announced that its V-Lap lightweight, sound-absorbing polyester material has been selected for use in the floor carpet of the new Mitsubishi Outlander, a midsize crossover vehicle that launched in Japan last month. The floor carpet was developed by Hayashi Telempu Corp., a manufacturer of interior automotive parts. V-Lap was adopted as the sound-absorbing material for the carpet’s back side.
V-Lap’s vertically oriented nonwoven structure performs as well as conventional sound-absorbing materials yet weighs only half as much. With environmental regulations becoming stricter worldwide, there is a growing demand for solutions that help to improve fuel efficiency, including through vehicle weight reduction. In the future, Teijin aims to expand the global market for V-Lap’s use in various sound-absorption auto parts, including ceilings and doors.