PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 1, 5:20 p.m. ET) — Lear Corp. plans to use ElectriPlast-brand conductive resins in electrical connectors for the upcoming Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from Fisker Automotive Inc.
Southfield, Mich.-based Lear, a Tier 1 automotive interiors supplier, chose the electrically conductive plastics from Integral Technologies Inc. subsidiary ElectriPlast Corp. after months of testing and trials. Material shipments begin immediately.
Fisker of Anaheim, Calif., contracts with Valmet Automotive Inc. in Uusikaupunki, Finland, for manufacturing of the premium low-volume Fisker Karma sedan for market entry in the 2012 model year. Production is scheduled to run through 2016.
For the Fisker vehicle, Lear designed lightweight connectors utilizing ElectriPlast's patented line of conductive resins. In addition, ElectriPlast and Lear are collaborating on development of technologies using ElectriPlast in next-generation automotive components and devices.
Herbert Reedman, president and CEO of Philadelphia-based ElectriPlast, said the Fisker Karma represents a significant change from main stream automotive technology and portends movement toward a new generation of electrically powered vehicles.
The ElectriPlast formula for the Fisker Karma is among 80 available recipes that can be custom designed to replace metal parts and meet stringent engineering demands. Custom molder and extruder Jasper Rubber Products Inc. of Jasper, Ind., manufactures ElectriPlast pellets.
Publicly traded Integral Technologies is based in Bellingham, Wash.