Wixom, Michigan – Frimo is due to unveil its release agent-free polyurethane foamed automotive interior components liner at UTECH North America in June.
The company said that Ford and Mercedes Benz have each confirmed models will use its new liner in new vehicle projects.
Frimo innovated with a patent owned by a fellow German company to develop the front-foaming - partial back-foaming of inserted substrates - of polyurethanes.
According to Frimo, the unique material composition of the PURe Liner “permits low demoulding forces” while remaining in the mould cavity.
The development eliminates the need for a release agent station and added moulds but also potentially reduces cycle times, said a company press release. It enables surface textures to be applied directly in the injection moulded liner process, which is then transferred to the polyurethane moulded article.
The company will present two technical papers – Seating Systems and Novel Process for Eliminating Mould Releases – at the UTECH conference which runs from 4 to 5 June in Charlotte, North Carolina.