FDPanel – Future Door Panel

FDPanel project (Future Door Panel) aims to develop a distinctive and differentiating concept for the Automotive Interior Door Panel, integrating strongly innovative solutions in terms of intrinsic architecture (UX / UI design), decoration (IMD or IML), comfort (coatings with thermal management properties), lighting (LEDs integrated into only one end of the panel and materials that transmit uniform light), visual information / alert interfaces for connectivity (V2X) and sound (MEMS speakers).

Furthermore, the project intends to accommodate new solutions that allow reducing the weight of the Door Panel, without compromising the current CDC and ECE95 requirement regarding impact resistance in a crash situation, but also decreasing assembly time by reducing the number of panel fixings and increase the flexibility of the assembly process regarding the one-piece flow model.

The FDPanel project is inserted in the framework of the Suppliers Club and has a total investment of 5,415,019.43€, the project is co-financed by the Portugal 2020 program in an amount of 5,402,836.10€ from the European Regional Development Fund. The FDPanel is a three-year project, from October 2020 to June 2023, being Simoldes Plásticos the promoter, PSA Mangualde, Doureca, Ceiia, Centi, Citeve and INL co-promoters, and PSA DRIA (Innovation Pole) project partner.