New memory foam containing up to 20% bio-based content reduces the car’s carbon footprint without sacrificing performance
Huntsman this week introduced Acoustiflex VEF BIO, a memory foam containing up to 20% bio-based content derived from vegetable oils for acoustic molded applications in the automotive industry.
This new solution is capable of reducing the carbon footprint of automotive carpet backing foam by up to 25% compared to existing Huntsman systems for this application, the company reported. The technology can also be used for dashboard and wheel arch insulation.
Technology to reduce carbon footprint
The Acoustiflex VEF BIO system addresses the growing demand for material technologies that can help automakers reduce their carbon footprint without sacrificing performance. The bio-based content in its Acoustiflex VEF BIO system has no impact on any of the acoustic or mechanical characteristics required by part manufacturers or auto OEMs, Huntsman explained.
About this launch, Irina Bolshakova, Global Marketing Leader for Automotive Polyurethanes at Huntsman, detailed:
“Previously, there was a frustration that incorporating biobased content into a Polyurethane (PU) foam system would have a detrimental impact on performance, specifically emission and odor levels. The development of our Acoustiflex VEF BIO system proves that it doesn’t have to be this way.”
In a statement, Huntsman explained that incorporating bio-based content into the mix offers “a lower carbon acoustic solution, that does not compromise emissions or odor requirements, is much better for vehicle brands and their partners and customers, but also for the planet”.