ACT design, manufacture and assemble high quality loadspace covers at its Wrexham facility. As well as having the capability for traditional roller covers and parcel shelves, ACT has recently patent-protected an innovative ‘self supporting’ electric luggage cover which can reduce weight and cost whilst greatly improving functionality for premium vehicles.
Our roller covers are designed in house and are supplied as a Tier 1 system to vehicle manuifacturers around the world. Utilising lightweight features such as an extruded aluminium cassette and main shaft, our roller covers are also engineered to surpass our customers’ strict requirements for NVH and operating efforts. These products are almost completely made from in-house manufactured components. We buy vinyl or leather sheeting as prescribed by the vehicle manufacturer and purchase aluminium parts from our trusted partners. Then ACT mould the many plastic parts in our injection moulding facility, we die-cut the cover material, carry out all the high-frequency plastic welding in house and then fully assemble and test the finished luggage cover before shipping it to our OEM customers.
ACT has extensive compression thermo-forming capability and so can also offer a rigid ‘parcel shelf’, for those customers who require this type of solution rather than a roller cover. ACT is the UK’s highest volume manufacturer of sustainable bio-composite thermoset panels, so we can contribute to the overall sustainability and ‘Full Life Cycle Analysis’ targets of the vehicle, by offering parcel shelves in, for example, flax and sugar resin composites. Equally, we can supply in more traditional materials such as glass fibre / polypropylene. All can be supplied with the cover material prescribed by our customers.
Recently ACT’s innovation team developed a novel concept of a ‘self-supporting’ electric luggage cover. Traditional electric luggage covers offer great convenience, opening and closing automatically when the tailgate is opened or closed. However, these products typically use a system of parallel tracks which include drive mechanisms in the interior trim, adding cost weight and complexity to the overall trunk trim system. Act have therefore developed a simple solution where the cover emerges from the cassette and appear to float in the air before nestling into two D-pillar features or guide channels, to ensure quiet operation whilst driving. In reality, the cover material is supported by 2 or more slender support members which ingeniously and invisibly roll-up with the cover, within the cassette, whilst retracted. This solution is lighter and lower cost than the existing powered systems and also provides the vehicle’s interior designers with far more freedom. It also provides a real ‘surprise and delight’ feature with its ‘floating’ material. Below is a video of this product in its early concept prototype stage (fitted to a Porsche Panamera):
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