Mississauga, Ontario -- Woodbridge Group's StrataLiner NET Composite Board was a finalist in the 2011 Automotive News Pace Awards, which recognise advances in automotive technology.
Woodbridge said in an 11 Jan statement that this composite provides "new levels of material property and product performance for a growing list of composite board-based products."
According to the developer, the key to the composite's success hinges on Woodbridge's GreenLite technology for low-mass solutions, which it says "utilises intelligent applications of lean polymers, and industry leading processes to improve a product's physical characteristics."
Also, Woodbridge notes, BioFoam technology using natural-oil polyols in polyurethane can be incorporated to offer renewably sourced materials, without compromising performance.
Advantages Woodbridge claims for the StrataLiner NET components over competing materials include:
• system cost savings;
• thinner cross-sections;
• superior design flexibility;
• enhanced surface quality;
• improved acoustics; and
• up to 40 percent mass reduction.
Woodbridge says the complete Stratas product line offers automakers greater opportunities to value engineer a growing list of components.
Other Stratas products that benefit from GreenLite and BioFoam technologies include StrataLiner NXT boards, to deliver low-profile cross-sections as thin as 2.5 mm, and StrataPlush coverstock laminate foams used to improve acoustics and appearance in overhead systems.
The Canadian polyurethane group also offers StrataForm technology for low-cost shell-forming with improved material distribution, and better strength-to-weight ratios
"This innovative shell-forming approach has proven to be very effective for headliners, package trays, air ducts, sunshades, pillars, deck lids and trunk liners," said Domenic Sinopoli, director of sales and product manager, Slab Foam Business Unit, with Woodbridge.
PIC: Headliner structure -- Woodbridge Group