Fluoropolymer coatings and components help improve engine efficiency, make travel safer and more affordable, and reduce environmental impact. Critical for performance in the automotive and aerospace industries, fluoropolymers provide protection against heat, cold, fire, smoke, aggressive fluids and fuels, humidity, vibrations, and compression while also improving safety and enabling sophisticated antenna and communications systems. Fluoropolymers’ unique properties are used in aerospace and automotive electronics systems to provide heat and fire resistance and increase reliability.
In cars, fluoropolymers have contributed to a 48% increase in fuel efficiency1 Source: Socio-economic Assessment of the U.S. Fluoropolymer Industry was commissioned with support from AGC, Chemours, Daikin and 3M, and developed by Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions UK. (based on average miles per gallon) in US cars through a combination of improved engine efficiency and vehicle weight reduction, as well as being key elements of fuel cell and lithium ion battery technologies. Fluoropolymer fuel tubes and hoses drastically reduce fugitive emissions and enable automakers to achieve LEV III emissions standards. Carbon fiber reinforced composite structural components, which rely on fluoropolymer release films to be produced, provide lighter weight and improved fuel efficiency for both aerospace and automotive applications.