Within four or so years, plastic-centric automotive seats could be more than 40 percent lighter than conventionally manufactured metal-intensive seat structures if a research project at Johnson Controls (Plymouth, MI) proceeds to fruition. And safety reportedly will not be compromised in the process.
The Johnson Controls project, dubbed the CAMISMA (carbon-amide-metal-based interior structure using a multi-material system approach) research project targets reduction in the use of metals in vehicle seat structures by replacing them with multi-material system. Specifically, future generation seats will employ carbon fiber-reinforced polyamide (PA) compounds.
For this cutting-edge work, Johnson Controls received this year's CLEPA (European Association of Automotive Suppliers) Innovation Award in the "Green" category. According to the jury, the project represents an "outstanding, future-oriented solution for sustainable carbon dioxide reduction."