Motor Company’s (HMC) plant in Ulsan will exclusively use BASF Elastoflex
flexible polyurethane (PU) foam systems for the production of its car seats.
The highly resilient PU foam is a low volatile organic compound (VOC) solution,
primarily used in automotive applications such as seats and headrests. Compared
to conventional foams, Elastoflex provides higher comfort, improved elasticity,
and better load-bearing properties.
VOC emissions and enhancing driving comfort are major goals for an automotive
OEM. We have focused on enhancing our product solution, Elastoflex, to meet the
rapidly changing market trends and needs while maintaining excellent mechanical
properties for outstanding performance and flexible design,” said Andy
Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF.
meet the toughest emission control regulations, BASF has optimised its
production processes for polyol, which is used in the production of Elastoflex
PU foams for high-comfort seat applications. The optimised production process
translates to cost-effective and low VOC specialty polyols. In the tests
conducted by SGS Korea, a global leading testing agency, the new solution
demonstrated a reduction in acetaldehyde and formaldehyde emissions of more
than 30%, helping to improve interior air quality and health of car drivers.
Site trials also demonstrated an improvement in line productivity with a
reduction in defect rate owing to excellent flowability of the newly developed
meet the growing demand for low VOC solutions across industries and
applications, BASF has also expanded its capacity of polyol in Ulsan by 13,000
tons. The expansion enables a stable supply of products, for Hyundai Motor
Company and our other valued customers in Korea and overseas,” added.
are delighted to cooperate with our long-term partner, HMC, to explore
innovative low VOC solutions for the automotive industry. This is another
example of successful collaboration with HMC, based on our technical expertise
and material innovations,” said Brian Seo, business management Transportation
& Industrial Korea.
Motor Company Group, which accounts for more than 80% of the Korean automotive
market, is also reviewing the material’s application in their headliners and
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