A next generation lightweight concept car seat developed by China's largest automaker SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC), Tier I Shanghai Yanfeng Johnson Controls Seating Co., Ltd. (YFJC) and materials supplier BASF will be showcased for the first time at Chinaplas 2015, which kicks off May 20 at the China Import & Export Fair Complex in Pazhou, Guangzhou. Designed based on one of SAIC's recent car models, the lightweight, slim front concept seat demonstrates a breakthrough in all plastic backrest frame and seat pan technologies.
BASF's Ultracom-a thermoplastic composite system using continuous fiber reinforced plastics-is used to replace metal in the lightweight car seat. As a result, the front seats are up to 20% lighter, and provide 2.5 cm more knee space for second row passengers compared with conventional design. In addition to passenger comfort and weight reduction (and subsequent fuel consumption), BASF's Ultracom also reportedly offers excellent strength, rigidity and toughness that meet stringent regulatory requirements.