Faurecia and Rhodia partner to replace metal with plastics in car seats


Faurecia and Rhodia are partnering on plastic seat cushion structural components they believe will be 20% lighter than conventional steel parts, without compromising safety. The automotive supplier and specialty chemicals/plastics manufacture have worked together since November 2009 on next-generation lightweight, structural seat components using polyamide, officially signing a joint-development agreement (JDA) in February 2011.

Seat cushion structural components jointly designed by Faurecia and Rhodia are currently in what the companies call "advanced development," with series production expected in 2014. Beyond this milestone, both companies intend to extend their cooperation to "further explore new innovative solutions to help meet automotive OEM's needs for lightweight solutions," according to release....
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