New Polypropylene Helps OEMS Meet VIAQ Standards

Press Release Summary:

The Maxxam LO from PolyOne Corporation is a low odor talc-filled polypropylene. The material enables reduced VOC emissions and thus helps OEMs meet VIAQ, vehicle interior air quality, standards in under-hood automotive HVAC applications. It reduces noxious odors and achieves odor testing results of 3.0 per VDA 270.

Original Press Release:

Improved Vehicle Interior Air Quality Made Possible with New PolyOne Maxxam LO

TROY, Mich. – October 9, 2018 – At the SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference today, PolyOne unveiled Maxxam™ LO, a low odor talc-filled polypropylene. Designed specifically to help OEMs meet vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ) standards in underhood automotive HVAC applications, this new material enables reduced VOC emissions and consistently achieves odor testing results of 3.0 per VDA 270.

The “new car” smell once seen as appealing is no longer popular with many consumers, who associate the odor with harmful emissions, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As consumers increasingly value VIAQ, it becomes more important to OEMs to create a neutral-smelling interior. Maxxam LO is able to reduce noxious odors while still maintaining its performance and aesthetic.

Countries have begun establishing regulations and guidelines regarding acceptable levels of chemical concentration in automobiles, and the automotive industry is also leading the change. As a result, chemical emissions testing and reporting is now a requirement for most major automotive manufacturers.

PolyOne developed Maxxam LO to help customers meet these requirements. These grades can be customized to achieve a wide breadth of physical and mechanical properties to meet the specifications of any OEM. And with PolyOne’s global reach, material consistency is a given.

“We’re helping our customers address current trends with a low odor product that can withstand the rigors of underhood specifications. This new product underscores our commitment to formulating solutions for tomorrow’s automotive needs,” said Jim Mattey, global marketing director, Performance Products and Solutions, at PolyOne.

PolyOne is exhibiting this week at the SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference 2018.


About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation, with 2017 revenues of $3.2 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises PledgeSM, PolyOne is an ACC Responsible Care® certified company committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles. For more information, visit

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