Detroit, Michigan -- Woodbridge Group has introduced StrataLiner NET automotive headliners with "better environmental stability for the finished headliner assembly, improved acoustics and up to 40 percent weight savings over competing headliner composite board materials," said Domenic Sinopoli, Stratas Headliner business unit director. In a statement released during the Detroit automotive show, Sinopoli added that this innovation has paved the way for StrataLiner NXT, with the "same performance enhancements in a smaller package."
According to Woodbridge, StrataLiner NXT offers a "cost-competitive alternative to polypropylene and fibreglass composites at equal thickness." It also improves forming characteristics and has the superior acoustic performance typical of polyurethane materials, the company pointed out. Together these provide designers with "new opportunities to value engineer the entire overhead system,"claims Canadian foam group Woodbridge.
Behind this innovation is Woodbridge's new GreenLite low-mass system for high-quality, high-performance automotive PU foam components, at substantially lower weight, as a response to the industry's pressing challenges, including fuel efficiency, said Woodbridge.
Advantages of the Stratas portfolio for headliner include significant weight reduction, thinner cross-sections, superior design flexibility, enhanced surface quality, improved acoustics, better side curtain air bag compatibility and system cost savings.
Woodbridge offers Stratas as a complete overhead solution, or as individual components, including formed headliner shells, composite boards, substrate foams, and coverstock laminate foams. The products can also be supplied in combination with BioFoam technology, where use of up to 20 percent plant-based polyol further improves the environmental performance of the overhead system.