With the aim of developing a new range of cushioning solutions for the mobility markets and intended to replace polyurethane foam currently used in car seats, Indorama Ventures Public Company Ltd. (IVL), Bangkok/Thailand, and Faurecia SA, Nanterre/France, have entered into an exclusive development agreement. In this partnership the R&D teams within the Faurecia seating activity have developed together with IVL Auraloop, a new range of cushioning solutions made from an innovative structure of polyester-based fibers, 100% recyclable, aimed at the mobility markets.
This new material will allow for a twofold reduction in the carbon footprint of car seat pad solutions compared to current materials. Auraloop also offers a range of new perspectives in terms of seating comfort thanks to a more open fiber structure and permeability for air than current seating pad solutions, the breathability of seating is improved, enabling a better passive thermal regulation of occupants. The durability of seating is also increased by limited subsidence of the seat over its lifetime. The market for comfort aboard vehicles is constantly growing.
Development of this product, which paves the way towards wider commercial release in 2-3 years, falls within the Forvia Group (the merger of Faurecia and Hella) strategy of going carbon neutral by 2045.