Leverkusen, Germany-Suzuki's Jimny all-terrain vehicle (ATV) features head restraints made from flexible polyurethane integral skin foam (ISF), to ensure a safe and comfortable ride even in bumpy conditions.
ISF is "ideal for this application as the material offers great design freedom," for easy forming into "physiological shape," said Dr Noelia Mansilla, an expert at Bayer MaterialScience on integral skin foams, in a company statement.
The flexible foam core "absorbs the impacts caused during very bumpy rides," she added.
The elastic PU skin's good abrasion resistance mean a longer service life than, for example, products laminated with polyvinyl chloride. The polyurethane cover can also be easily cleaned, BMS said.
The flexible foam components are made by Linallac Foams SL in the Linares, Spain, using Bayflex K 5102 and Desmodur PA 50 supplied by BaySystems Iberia polyurethane systems house, part of Bayer MaterialScience AG.
In manufacturing, ISF allows a one step process. This, "coupled with the fact that the product can be removed from the mould after just five minutes, ensures high-productivity manufacturing," commented Ana Ruiz, head of quality control at Linallac Foams, in the BMS press release.
Integral skin foam head restraints were first developed by Linallac Foams for the Anibal SUV, also produced by Suzuki, and have already proven highly successful in practice, said BMS. "