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Rhodia and Faurecia Develop Lightweight Seat Structural Components

14 June 2011

Faurecia and Rhodia have teamed up to jointly develop automotive seat structural components using polyamide-based engineering plastics.

Faurecia and Rhodia have worked together since November 2009 and signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with the aim of developing a range of seat cushion components utilising Rhodia’s Technyl SI, an impact-modified polyamide grade. The team expect the resulting plastic seat cushion structural components to be 20% lighter than conventional steel parts, without compromising safety.

“Faurecia is working with game-changing materials – developed by Rhodia – and structural seating concepts to meet the substantial challenges which the automotive industry faces in producing lighter vehicles. Faurecia has developed a clear vision, strategy and roadmap to reduce the weight of automotive seats. This partnership is expected to help car makers comply with ever more stringent emissions regulations worldwide,” said Patrick Koller, Executive Vice-President of Faurecia Automotive Seating. “This co-innovation project with a worldwide leader in automotive components represents a significant step towards the introduction of advanced polyamide materials as a competitive alternative to steel for automotive on structural applications. This breakthrough has been made possible thanks to complementary expertise provided by both parties and a strong teamwork”, added François Hincker, President of Rhodia Engineering Plastics.

Faurecia explain, the seat cushion structural components jointly designed with Rhodia are currently in advanced development, with series production expected in 2014. The parts are injection moulded and are reinforced with short glass fibres using Technyl SI PA6.





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