Wolfhausen, July 18, 2019 - FoamPartner, specializing in advanced foam solutions, has developed a foam product family characterized by extremely low emission levels for use in automotive headliners with high demands on processability and design.
The foams sold under the OBoSky® brand name benefit from a patented ether prepolymer technology to combine the advantages of ester-based polyurethane foams with those of ether-based materials. The result is a family of hydrolytically stable, low-emission and low-odor foams with optimum processability and an extremely homogenous cell structure. The technology is especially targeted to demanding automotive headliners. However, thanks to their high elongation and good resilience, OBoSky® foams also have a perfect fit in further automotive interior applications requiring a pleasant soft feel.
“Vehicles off the shelf are history. Besides looking for an environmentally friendly as possible drive system, consumers today have a keen eye for a stylish interior design using materials that ensure a healthy climate in the passenger compartment,” says Klaus Hellmold, Vice President Global Business Unit Automotive Rolls at FoamPartner. “With our OBoSky® foams for headliners, we have set new standards in efficient processing and environmental compatibility.”
The innovative OBoSky® headliner foam grades feature a very uniform structure with fine pores, providing excellent surfaces that can easily be laminated in flame and adhesion processes while also lending themselves to finishing textiles of low surface weight.
The ether-based prepolymer technology of the materials ensures not only outstanding hydrolytic resistance and long-term high mechanical properties, but also leads to significantly lower levels in volatile organic compounds (VOC) and fogging (FOG) vs. merely ester-based foams. In VOC and FOG tests according to VDA 278 and VDA 270, OBoSky® shows values clearly below the limits specified in DBL 5450, the strict supply regulation of Daimler AG for flexible foams based on polyurethane.
OBoSky® is available in rolls and various net densities as well as with or without flame protecting finish according to FMVSS 302. The unique manufacturing process enables a block foam length of 120 m, which results in 50 percent fewer bonding seams compared to common 60 m blocks in the market. This means customers can save costs in their end-product fabrication.
FoamPartner will present the new products of its OBoSky® family at Foam Expo Europe 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany, from September 10 to 12. Foam Expo is a leading tradeshow for manufacturers and buyers of technical foam products and technologies as well as for the entire supply chain of the foam industry. FoamPartner welcomes customers and interested visitors to stop by at booth 504.
Zurich, November 10, 2020 – Conzzeta reports the signing of a binding agreement to divest its FoamPartner business unit to Recticel, the Belgium specialist in polyurethane chemistry, headquartered in Brussels and listed on Euronext (REC), for an enterprise value of CHF 270 million. The closing of the transaction is expected in the first quarter 2021, subject to regulatory approval.keyboard_arrow_right
Zurich, November 10, 2020 – Ernst Baertschi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Conzzeta, will host today’s virtual Conzzeta capital markets day. Conzzeta Group CEO Michael Willome will provide an update of the Group’s strategic transformation. Bystronic CEO Alex Waser with part of his management team will present Bystronic’s strategy.keyboard_arrow_right
Seon, November 5, 2020 – Mammut has entered into a partnership with the non-profit organization ClimbAID to work together on humanitarian projects allowing refugees to discover the joy of climbing. United by their shared passion for mountain sports and climbing, Mammut and the Swiss non-profit organization ClimbAID are embarking on a partnership designed to allow people affected by war, poverty and displacement to discover the joy of climbing. This long-term cooperation will focus on the implementation of humanitarian projects in Switzerland, Lebanon, Greece and beyond.