Toppan Develops "Black" Light Control Film for Cars

LC MAGIC Normal Black has a visible light transmission of 5% when power is off. Application to automobile windows and sunroofs makes bright, open spaces when power is on, while ensuring privacy when power is off.

TOKYO: Global auto communication brand the Toppan has developed a "Normal Black" grade of LC MAGIC, a liquid crystal light control film that updates from transparent to opaque with the flick of a switch. 

Toppan also is a security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions. The black light control can eliminate the need for shades, improve comfort, and reduce weight.

The shift to electric vehicles and progress of driving automation are expected to transform automobiles into places to relax. At high levels of automation, interiors will become living spaces, and windows will need to protect privacy. Shades or curtains, however, require moving parts—taking up interior space, adding weight, and consuming more energy.

It has enabled a black color for LC MAGIC that shields 95% of visible light when power is off. When power is on, a translucent light gray color allows 43% of light to pass. Toppan is targeting mass production in fiscal 2024, when samples will be created available to various sectors of the mobility industry.

"The 'Normal Black' grade of LC MAGIC provides a number of advantages as we move towards more widespread use of electric and self-driving vehicles," said Fumio Ohnuma, general manager for light control device development at Toppan. "It can provide a greater level of comfort and privacy inside vehicles while delivering benefits for manufacturers and designers due to its light weight, low power consumption, and seamless blending with inside design."

Toppan said, after establishing in 1900, with more than 50,000 employees, the company tries to diversify services as a global provider committed to delivering sustainable, integrated solutions in fields including printing, communications, security, packaging, décor materials, electronics, and digital transformation. 

Toppan Develops "Black" Light Control Film for Cars

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