Detroit, Michigan -- The Woodbridge Group has launched GreenLite automotive foam, a new low-mass foam technology, aimed, said Woodbridge, at customers looking for high-quality, high-performance, low-mass polyurethane foam solutions, at the industry's highest 'green' content levels.
Canadian foam maker Woodbridge said that, while multiple-firmness polyurethane foam is well known in the industry, "the concept of significantly varied densities within the same part is new." Woodbridge claims its Stream Architecture advanced chemical delivery systems offer a broader formulating window to give foam densities, as low as 24kg/cu.m, to help customers optimise low-mass solutions based on performance requirements.
Customers can get weight savings of up to 30-50 percent for specific applications, the group said.
"GreenLite automotive foam solutions respond to a very specific and time-sensitive industry need, namely to deliver low-mass technologies tailored to specific OEM requirements," said Martin Mazza, senior vice president of Marketing and Global Sales, with Woodbridge. GreenLite is about offering "weight savings without sacrificing any aspect of performance, be it comfort, functionality or quality," Mazza added.
GreenLite technologies include ComfortLite seating foams, which exploit appropriate performance requirements to allow reductions in seating foam weight. Opportunities result from defining 'Frequency of Use' for each seat within the vehicle, 'Distinct Comfort Zones' within each seat, and in 'Smart Coring' the bottom surface of a seat pad, to remove mass in non essential areas, said the foamer, in a 12 Jan announcement.
Other applications include StructureLite Seat Frames, StrataLiner Overhead Systems, CargoTuf Load Floors and SoftSound Acoustical Management Solutions.
As well as offering weight reductions for fuel savings, GreenLite products are also available as BioFoam versions, which offer 5-40 percent plant based polyols, to further improve environmental performance.