Brent Gawne, polyurethane business manager at Frimo, gave delegates at the UTECH North America Automotive and Sustainability conference an insight into some of the work his firm has done to keep polyurethane used in a number of interior components.
Frimo makes a number of components for many OEMs. “Our business is doors and IPs (instrument panels) in automotive vehicles,” explains Gawne.
He continues: “For the past 20 years, most IPs were made with vinyl covering foam and a substrate below it. A typical IP cross section in the past would have been about 8-10 mm in thickness, he said.
“But, because of the big stress in the past five years to reduce weight, slowly OEMs are taking foam out of the vehicle.
“In the past this was a very easy thing for the OEM to do, because you get a certain feel with…