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Supplier FoamPartner has developed a foam with extremely low emission levels for use in automotive headliners.

It said OBoSky brand products use patented ether prepolymers 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 odour foams with "optimum processability and an extremely homogenous cell structure".

The technology is said to be ideal for automotive headliners and interior applications requiring a 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," said Klaus Hellmold of FoamPartner.

"We have set new standards in efficient processing and environmental compatibility."

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The headliner foam grades have a uniform structure with fine pores providing surfaces which can easily be laminated in flame and adhesion processes while also lending themselves to low surface weight finishing textiles.

In VOC and FOG tests OBoSky showed values clearly below the limits specified in DBL 5450, the Daimler supply regulation for flexible polyurethane foam.

"Certain product grades are approved by Daimler, others by GM," the supplier told just-auto.

"Approval processes at other renowned OEMs and Tier 1s are ongoing."