Detroit, Michigan - The Woodbridge Group claimed in a 14 Jan announcement that it has the most extensive line of bio-polyol-based polyurethane foams for automotive uses. Its BioFoam products can contain the highest levels of plant-based polyols, potentially at up to 100 percent conventional polyol substitution, the company said.
And the Canadian headquartered group added that is also working on different, 'greener' approaches to isocyanates.
"Currently, Woodbridge supplies the broadest bio-product range for interior applications, at up to 40 percent bio polyol substitution. You are going to see substantially higher green content levels in the next generation," commented Dr Hamdy Khalil, global director of Research and Development, and Product Development at Woodbridge, in the company announcement.
Now, he stressed, the group has, "successfully produced foams with 100 percent bio polyol in laboratory trials.
"If the industry adopted this level, bio polyols alone could reduce fossil oil dependence by millions of barrels annually," Khalil said.
And he added, that, "since polyol only represents a portion of polyurethane's chemistry, we are now working on the isocyanate side of the formulation, to go even more green."
Woodbridge's targets for BioFoam levels in automotive components over the next three years include:
* 30 percent for overhead components, occupant protection foams and seat cushions; and
* 50 percent for head restraints.
Foamer Woodbridge said numerous OEMs and Tier Ones are evaluating its eco-foam for multiple future programmes, claiming that several vehicles launching in 2008 will feature BioFoam products. In cooperation with Magna, the recently announced 2008 Ford Escape is one of the latest examples.