Element is a world leader in automotive testing, specializing in interior and exterior automotive trim for commercial, passenger, and off-road vehicles. Our automotive trim testing services are critical to analyzing materials quality and life expectancy, as well as to provide useful information for design verification and product development.  

Element’s automotive experts offer unparalleled services to OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers around the world with a complete suite of interior and exterior trim testing services ranging from simple material testing and single component testing, through to full validation of “body in white” assemblies. 

Testing partners to the world's leading automotive manufacturers

We work with world-class brands, including General Motors, FCA, Jaguar, Ford, Nissan, and BMW to help ensure the quality of some of the world’s automotive icons. Our automotive trim testing complies with the major international standards established by ASTM, ISO, SAE, JIS, DIN, ANSI, FMVSS, and VDA. We also test to many Tier 1 suppliers specifications such as BorgWarner, Faurecia, Magna International, and Robert Bosch, as well as to many OEM standards including GM, Ford, FCA (Chrysler), Audi, BMW, Daewoo, Daimler-Benz, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Volvo, and Volkswagen.   

Our automotive trim testing services

All of our services are designed to provide full support for both design verification and product development test phases. We also offer support services for successful completion of an ADVP&R or OEM test plan and dedicated program management.


For more information on our automotive trim testing services, or to request a quote, contact us today. 

As a materials specialist, Element has the know-how to conduct trim tests on a wide range of materials including:

  • Paints
  • Plastic
  • Rubbers
  • Elastomers
  • Foam
  • Textiles
  • Leather
  • Composites
  • Plating
  • Metals
  • Coatings
  • Glass
  • Rolled goods 

Element’s experts conduct automotive trim testing on a variety of interior components and exterior trims:

Interior components:
  • Flooring systems (mats and carpets)
  • Headlamps
  • Overhead systems
  • Instrument panels
  • Consoles
  • Seating
  • Doors
  • Hard trims
  • Badges
  • Appliques
  • Insulations
  • Seals
  • Electronics
Exterior trims:
  • Fascias
  • Grills
  • Spoilers
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Step rails
  • Roof rack systems
  • Bed liners
  • Tonneau covers
  • Windshields
  • Backlights
  • Wheels
  • Underbody components 

Element’s global laboratories for automotive trim testing provide a comprehensive suite of services that support your interior component and trim product performance qualification.

We provide:

  • Physical properties of materials
  • Performance testing of finishes and coatings
  • Flammability testing
  • Internal and external trim
  • Environmental testing of assemblies and components
  • Vibration and in-use simulation
  • Performance of automotive tank tests according to ECE R34
  • Buzz, squeak, and rattle testing

Our team of over 9,000 Engaged Experts in North America, Europe, The Middle East, Australia, Asia and Africa are ready to help you.