Green & Light Automotive Components is an innovative company based out of China has introduced an easy to clean surface covering for car trunk floors. The trunk floor surface has a covering of Elastoskin- a polyurethane skin technology from BASF that makes use of polyurethane paper honeycomb technology. This newly developed product is said to have an edge over the conventional non-woven fabric surfaces as it’s way too easier to clean, offers great freedom in the design process and has excellent aging and emission properties.
Also, Polyurethane technology brings an added advantage of lower weight. The trunk covers, headliners and hat racks use the honeycomb structure. A paper honeycomb is enclosed with two fiberglass mats. Further, its foamed and pressed with the Elastoflex E semi-rigid polyurethane foam that potentially reduces the component weight by 20-30% while ensuring the same strength and stiffness.
Amidst a global project with Green & Light, it was the first time that an Elastoskin skin was applied on the B-side of a trunk floor. As a result, dirt could be easily removed and the trunk kept neat and clean in contrast to the non-woven fabric. This technology paves the way for new possibilities in the field of design and conception of the trunk floor. It promises outstanding mechanical properties and reduces emissions and odor. Additionally, Elastoskin is pleasant to touch, has an easy release from the mold, highly resistant to aging and reproduces contours.
Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President of Performance Materials Asia Pacific, says: “For many years, BASF has been supporting the trend towards weight reduction in the automotive industry with its honeycomb technology. This development process symbolizes BASF’s global approach, and this innovative material solution leads to new possibilities for car interior components,”
He further added: “Our partnership with Green & Light demonstrates how much we support our customers with in-depth expertise in new developments. There could well be more innovations, taking account of global added value.”
The completion of initial laboratory tests and developments happened at the BASF site in Lemforde, Germany. Currently, the production of the honeycomb components with Elastoskin takes place at Green & Light Automotive Components’ plant in Suzhou, China. Finally, the finished components are shipped to automotive manufacturers and suppliers across the world.