Suzhou, China – Green & Light, an automotive components company, has developed a polyurethane-paper composite boot liner that can save weight and increase production efficiency compared to conventional products.
BASF Elastoskin polyurethane technology is at the heart of the new liners. BASF Elastoflex E semi-rigid polyurethane foam impregnates two fibreglass mats that enclose a paper honeycomb core. BASF's Elastoskin material encloses the components, and makes the liners easy to clean.
In addition, these boot liners have good ageing and emission properties, BASF said. They are also 20-30% lighter than conventional liners.
The technology is being used by Green & Light, which makes components that are used by a number of global automotive companies.
'This leads to new possibilities for car interior components,' said Andy Postlethwaite, BASF's SVP for performance materials in Asia Pacific at BASF. 'There could be more innovations, taking account of global added value.'