Golf V: Scherer & Trier decorative parts support the new feeling of spaciousness
The new Golf caused a stir with its dynamic design when it was introduced in October 2003. The new version of this best-seller still remains true to the unique nature of the car that succeeded the Beetle. Both visually and technically it represents the greatest leap in Golf evolution – although “it is still a Golf”, as VW boss Bernd Pischetsrieder was at pains to point out.
Scherer & Trier supplies a number of components for the new Golf: water separators, body side moldings and décor panels. The exterior parts were developed in line withthe new design. Redefining the feeling of spaciousness – the décor panel was ideal for this task. Originally there was just black and grey plastic visible in the dashboard of the Golf 4 and in the door linings. Now there is an attractive panel with décor strips forming part of the interior design. In the case of the Golf Comfortline it’s in the Microtech décor and in the case of the Sportline it’s in the titanium décor (see figure). Reiner Wachter, project leader at Scherer & Trier makes the point that “it visually enhances the Golf’s interior” – after all, the eye follows it, even though the view to the outside is better for driving.
To answer the question about how various decors made of plastic come to be fitted in the Golf 5, we need to take a look behind the scenes: The décor panel is manufactured using flexible IMD technology (In-Mold-Decoration).
  This involves injecting thermoplastic onto the backs of printed films in the mold, resulting in molded parts with an excellent surface and a high-quality appearance, as illustrated by the example of the décor panels. Unlike other processes, IMD technology enables the décor of the parts to be changed without a great deal of complexity. Wachterexplains that “we can react quickly to manufacturers’ wishes for new décor variants (e.g. for special models).” Compared with aluminium or wood, thermoplastic is the most economical alternative without the appearance of the design suffering. Compared with panels made of the real materials, there is also the advantage of weight saving.
The flexible Scherer & Trier production allows many possible décors: “Wood look, aluminium look, unicolors / metallic colors, multi-colored designs, carbon look – almost everything is possible at our company” is production team member Martin Wagner’s summary of the wide range of IMD parts.
 



Scherer & Trier’s new décor panels help to improve the interior appearance of the new Golf. Approximately 55% of new
cars are fitted with décor panels. For a sporty yet elegant ambience inside the Golf Sportline: The titanium décor panels on the
dashboard, door lining and centre console come from Scherer & Trier and are made with the “In- Mold Decoration” process




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2004/01/15



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