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Automakers can lower VOCs in vehicle's interiors with BASF

Jul 25, 2017

BASF Helps Automakers Create the New Car Smell of the Future: Odorless

BASF's Composite Expertise Means Metal Sits Out for Lincoln Continental Seat

Jan 09, 2017

BASF's Composite Expertise Means Metal Sits Out for Lincoln Continental Seat

Innovation Focused 'Think Tank' for Auto Solutions in Mexico

Jul 28, 2015

Innovation Focused 'Think Tank' for Auto Solutions in Mexico

Pictured above is China's first all-plastic backrest and seat pan.

Jul 09, 2015

China's First All-Plastic Backrest and Seat Pan

Skinny automotive seats is an emerging trend in the automotive industry as engineers are tasked with reducing space, weight and cost of today's car seats without sacrificing comfort.

Mar 05, 2015

Skinny Automotive Seats: More Space, Less Cost, Still Comfy

So Cool, They're Hot: Not Every Black Pigment is Carbon Black

Jan 15, 2015

So Cool, They're Hot: Not Every Black Pigment is Carbon Black

Slentite™: New High-performance insulation material for customized climate management.

Sep 19, 2014

Extending Electric Vehicle Range Through Heat Management Solutions

7 Tips to Keeping Car Cabins Cool

Jun 21, 2014

7 Tips to Keeping Car Cabins Cool

A Makeover for Montreal's Metro Cars - New Cars Offer Quieter Ride

May 28, 2014

A Makeover for Montreal's Metro Cars - New Cars Offer Quieter Ride

Automakers can lower VOCs in vehicle's interiors with BASF

Jul 25, 2017

BASF Helps Automakers Create the New Car Smell of the Future: Odorless

It's exhilarating to drive off the lot in a brand new vehicle, inhaling the distinctive new car smell. In fact, the new car scent has such mass appeal that companies even sell air fresheners featuring the aroma. Yet, this well-known smell can negatively impact air quality. The odor inside vehicles is created when volatile organic compounds (VOC) are released from plastic, leather, rubber or textile interior components, which passengers may inhale while in the vehicle.

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BASF's Composite Expertise Means Metal Sits Out for Lincoln Continental Seat

Jan 09, 2017

BASF's Composite Expertise Means Metal Sits Out for Lincoln Continental Seat

Ford Motor Co. wanted to introduce an innovative seating architecture for the highly anticipated, all-new Lincoln Continental. When overhauling the system, the automaker was looking to lightweight the front row seats in this iconic luxury vehicle, making the transition from metal to plastic material without sacrificing the inclusion of best-in-class comfort features.

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Innovation Focused 'Think Tank' for Auto Solutions in Mexico

Jul 28, 2015

Innovation Focused 'Think Tank' for Auto Solutions in Mexico

Mexico's automotive industry is experiencing unprecedented growth and is quickly becoming one of the strongest auto manufacturing markets in the world. Mexico has an estimated production volume of 3.3 million vehicles for 2015. And 83 percent of the production is exported, making Mexico the fourth largest exporter in the world. Add in the recent influx of luxury vehicles now being produced in Mexico, and the question is no longer, "why invest in Mexico?" - but rather, "why not invest in Mexico?"

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Pictured above is China's first all-plastic backrest and seat pan.

Jul 09, 2015

China's First All-Plastic Backrest and Seat Pan

A recent Automotive Seating Study from Johnson Controls found that a majority of consumers said driver comfort had the most impact on their latest vehicle purchase when compared with other vehicle interior attributes. Is it possible then for automakers to meet this demand for comfort while achieving even tighter and lighter weight automotive seating solutions?

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Skinny automotive seats is an emerging trend in the automotive industry as engineers are tasked with reducing space, weight and cost of today's car seats without sacrificing comfort.

Mar 05, 2015

Skinny Automotive Seats: More Space, Less Cost, Still Comfy

It seems like everything these days has a "skinny" option - skinny jeans, skinny popcorn, skinny beverages. This emerging trend has even made its way into the automotive industry with skinny automotive seats. As automakers grapple to meet the stringent CAFE standards by 2025, they started by lightweighting the frame because it's the largest part of the vehicle. Just last year, that brought about vehicles with fully aluminum or carbon-fiber frames. Now, as engineers begin to look beyond the frame and into the interior, the seat is another obvious element that can withstand losing some weight. Thus, the thinned-out automotive seating trend commences.

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So Cool, They're Hot: Not Every Black Pigment is Carbon Black

Jan 15, 2015

So Cool, They're Hot: Not Every Black Pigment is Carbon Black

We have all been conditioned to timidly enter our cars on a hot, sunny day. Why? Because we have come to expect the overwhelming waft of heat that escapes as the door opens along with the unpleasant 'burn' we experience as our hands and legs touch the seat or hot dash. Thankfully, engineers now have access to solutions that will reduce these effects. There's new heat management technology that can keep car interiors cool even on the hottest of days, regardless of the vehicle's color - even black!

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Slentite™: New High-performance insulation material for customized climate management.

Sep 19, 2014

Extending Electric Vehicle Range Through Heat Management Solutions

Increased driving range. Every electric vehicle owner wants it. Every electric vehicle manufacturer strives to achieve it. Many factors impact electric vehicle (EV) range, which makes for a delicate balancing act for OEMs and suppliers. From vehicle aerodynamics, battery size and weight, to battery power drains from features consumers expect like infotainment systems, power windows, and automatic locks and seats, manufacturers are looking at every possible way to increase the drive range of EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV).

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7 Tips to Keeping Car Cabins Cool

Jun 21, 2014

7 Tips to Keeping Car Cabins Cool

Summer is officially here, and with that comes pool parties, barbeques and road trips. Be careful though! When a car is left in the warm sun all day, it can result in dangerously hot interior temperatures. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when outside temperatures are at 80 F or above, the inside of our cars can reach up to 172 F.

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A Makeover for Montreal's Metro Cars - New Cars Offer Quieter Ride

May 28, 2014

A Makeover for Montreal's Metro Cars - New Cars Offer Quieter Ride

In the hustle and bustle of big cities, the Metro often becomes one of the most sacred lifelines to both townies and tourists alike. This is definitely the case in Montreal. According to its website, The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) provides more than 1.3 million passenger trips each day, helping people get to and from work and explore all the city has to offer. There's one problem though... The metro system's cars have not been updated since it was built 40 years ago... that is, until now!

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