Evonik’s PMMA Driving BMW’s Mini Revival

BMW’s reincarnation of the British classic Mini has proved to be a roaring success – after it took over the marque from Rover in 2000 it has produced over three million Mini’s. With the wraparound windscreen, big eye headlights and wide chrome grille, the Mini has one of the car industry’s most iconic looks.

The original BMC Mini had metal A-pillars as part of the uni-chassis, but with the BMW Group’s revamp, the car was enlarged with more premium technologies and trims.

Its designers chose materials that would underline the car’s premium character, such as high-gloss elements to create a harmonious appearance.

The BMW Mini took a different approach to building the A-pillars – to give the car’s front a more seamless look they added a high-gloss pillar post in piano black, replicating glass to make the windscreen appear bigger.

The design was enabled by Evonik’s Plexiglas, (polymethyl methacrylate [PMMA]). The material provides high-gloss Class A surface with great depth of colour combined with toughness. Tony Halbländer, Senior Technical Marketing Manager at Evonik, said: “Our high-gloss material creates a very classy appearance like glass, which far outshines coated surfaces. These never appear entirely smooth, whereas the injection-moulded pillar post is well-nigh perfect.

Evonik’s PMMA Driving BMW’s Mini Revival
BMW and BMC Minis.
Evonik’s PMMA Driving BMW’s Mini Revival
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