New foam for instrument panels01 February 2019 | Automotive Manufacturing Solutions
A new series of systems in its Elastoflex E product group now allows weight reductions and foam densities of around 120g/L without sacrificing any of the material characteristics, claims BASF. Up to 30% of the foam weight is saved, says the company, depending on the component geometry. This Thin-Light system can be used for components with a smaller profile of less than 5mm.
As part of this new generation of systems, BASF says its has also developed a foam system based on renewable raw materials. Elastoflex E 3496/102 uses castor oil as a renewable raw material and can, it’s claimed, be used to produce complex components that are both light and thin with excellent adhesion to a wide range of surfaces.