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Bosch improves wiper blade performance

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Bosch improves wiper blade performance

Robert Bosch LLC has added a patented technology called ClearMax 365 that is designed to provide longer wear, deliver superior all-weather performance and resist damage from external contaminants to its premium Bosch Icon wiper blade line.

The company introduced the technology at the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo in Las Vegas.

The company says ClearMax 365 technology offers offer 40% longer life versus other premium blades. It also provides consistent, streak-free visibility year-round and resists damage due to external contaminants like ozone, road debris such as salt and grime, as well as chemicals and waxes.

ClearMax 365 is a synthetic rubber compound bonded both physically and chemically with a polymer powder coating.

“With Bosch innovation driving its continued premium-level performance, Bosch Icon has consistently held the top spot in the beam blade category since its introduction in 2005,” says Martin Kashnowski, director, product management, wiper systems.

According to Kashnowski, ClearMax 365 adds a permanently-bonded coating to the rubber wiping edge that helps it maintain its shape and form over the life of the blade. The rubber remains pliable and does not crack. Furthermore, with its lower friction coefficient compared to other Bosch rubber formulations, ClearMax 365 is able to provide a smooth and quieter performance than its competitors.

The Bosch ICON with ClearMax 365 program consists of 29 part numbers providing 96% coverage of U.S. vehicles in operation, including top lock narrow and side lock narrow OE applications for Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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