BASF has supplied a glass fiber composite material to make a new automotive connector.

Ultradur B 4300 G4 reinforced polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) is used in the connector position assurance (CPA) element, coding housing and internal overmolding of the part.

According to the company, using the material enables space saving of up to 60% compared to standard USB ports, while the plastic protects sensitive electronics from external influences such as humidity and dirt. It has a data transfer rate of >10GB/s.

"Due to the very good dimensional stability and low humidity absorption, the tight tolerances can be maintained regardless of the ambient conditions in the vehicle,” saod Volker Zeiher, senior technical specialist at BASF.