Chemical supplier BASF and automotive manufacturer Faurencia recently designed a composite car seat that integrates into the seat frame—reducing foam, metal and weight from traditional car seat designs. The composite frame, called the Performance Seat, was recently on display at the North American Auto Show in Detroit and received an overwhelmingly positive response.
The Performance Seat is 20 percent lighter and 30 percent thinner than traditional metal frames, most importantly, reducing 75 percent of seat foam. It is manufactured using continuous glass-fiber and nylon in an injection mold.
Faurencia expects the seat will enter into the mainstream automotive market as early as 2014. It currently has two designs, both with exposed frames to reduce material. Overall, the Performance Seat wins accolades for positive engineering development for composite innovation and vehicle lightweighting.