Car seats to go lighter with the use of plastics in it

[tps_header] BASF, SAIC Motor Corporation Limited and Shanghai Yanfeng Control Seats Co. Ltd. have jointly come up with China’s first all plastic backrest and seat pan.[/tps_header]

Modern day cars are expected to loose weight while being stiffer and comfortable with the best fuel economy. But, is it possible to get all these out of one car? BASF, SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd. and Shanghai Yanfeng Control Seats Co. Ltd. have come up with a answer and it is a big YES. These companies jointly at the Chinaplas 2015 conducted in May 2015, launched their lightweight concept front car seats.

This concept has entire backrest and seat pan made of plastic. This makes the seats up to 20% lighter and ergonomically very comfortable for the driver and non driver. It also provides 2.5 cm more knee space to the rear seat passengers compared to the conventional seats. In addition to passenger comfort, weight loss and the better fuel economy that comes with it, the BASF’s Ultracom is also expected to offer excellent strength, rigidity and toughness to meet stringent regulatory conditions. The concept seat uses BASF’s thermoplastic composite system which consists of fiber plastics to replace metal in automotive seats. Another important of BASF’s Ultracom is the Ultramid overmolding compound. The high scratch resistance and surface quality of these seats will enable the automakers to use it as it is for the seats to look good. The use of Ultramid grade will reduce the emissions of Volitaile Organic Componds (VOC) to meet the emission regulatory norms.

“In order to respond to customer’s demand for energy-efficient, safe, comfortable cars, original equipment manufacturers are going lightweight,” said Mr. Raimar Jahn, President of Performance Materials, BASF. “Leveraging BASF’s strong innovation capability, plastics expertise and the strength of its partners in China, and globally, we jointly make innovative lightweight solutions for automotive parts possible.” the official added.

This kind of project demonstrates the scope of innovations that can be done by partnering with companies concerned with other sciences.

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