China-based Green & Light Automotive Components has recently launched a car trunk floor surface covering which is easier to clean. Apparently, BASF’s polyurethane skin technology, Elastoskin®, covers the surface of the trunk floor surface, using polyurethane paper honeycomb technology.
According to a press release from BASF, this newly developed product has excellent emission and aging properties, offers great freedom in the design process, and is easier to clean in comparison with conventional non-woven fabric surfaces.
Reportedly, the honeycomb structure has been utilized in hat racks, headliners, and trunk covers. The Elastoflex® E semi-rigid polyurethane foam is used to foam and press a paper honeycomb enclosed by two fiberglass mats. This process could lower component weight by 20 to 30 percent while retaining the same stiffness and strength.
Further from the reports, an Elastoskin® skin was for the first time applied on the B-side of a trunk floor, in this global project with Green & Light. The polyurethane skin means that trunk is kept clean as dirt can be removed easily. Non-woven fabric has to be bonded on the trunk floor in additional production step, whereas Elastoskin® is poured on directly.
This technology would purportedly open up new possibilities in the conception and design of the trunk floor. It reduces odor and emissions, along with retaining the exceptional mechanical properties. Elastoskin® is highly resistant to aging, reproducible contours, is easily released from the mold and is pleasant to touch, BASF said.
BASF’s Performance Materials Asia Pacific Senior Vice President, Andy Postlethwaite, mentioned that BASF has been reinforcing the trend towards reducing weight in the automotive industry, for many years, with its honeycomb technology. This development process signifies the global approach of the company, and this innovative material solution would lead to new possibilities in car interior components, he said.
Postlethwaite further said that the company’s partnership with Green & Light shows the support of BASF towards customers with in-depth expertise in new developments. He added that taking account of global added value, there could well be more innovations in the field.