BASF Introduces Foam to Allow Weight Reductions

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August 1, 2018—A new series of systems in the Elastoflex E product group now allows significant weight reductions and foam densities of around 120g/L without sacrificing any of the unique characteristics of these foams.

Up to 30 percent of the foam weight is saved, depending on the component geometry. With its very robust and fine cell-structure, the Thin-Light system can be used for components with a much smaller profile of less than 5 mm. This results in very light and thin instrument panels or door elements, which offer scope for new design options.

“The new PU systems save weight, and are designed to incorporate sensors or control elements,” explains Marc Martin, automobile interiors expert in the Performance Materials division of BASF. “We've also managed to reduce the emission values even further and simplify the use of lasers for airbag weakening.”

As part of this new generation of systems, BASF 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 be used to produce complex components that are both light and thin with excellent adhesion to a wide range of surfaces. 

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