Dow Automotive Launches New Amine Emission-free Foam


AUBURN HILLS — Dow Automotive Systems launches SPECFLEX Activ, which is among the first viable amine emission-free polyurethane foam formulation for interior applications. This technology enables automotive seat pad foamers to meet the most stringent industry requirements, such as the German OEM specifications which include ultra-low emissions and benefit from outstanding physical and mechanical properties as well as aging and processing advantages.

“This is the first time in the market that seating TDI-based foams can be produced without the use of external catalysts,” says Marc Poncelet, R&D foam manager at Faurecia Automotive Seating. “This is not only unique but represents a true milestone for innovative, very low emissions automotive interior solutions. The concept has been fully validated using a wide range of TDI automotive foam formulations, allowing Faurecia to select the best SPECFLEX Activ applications in both of our R&D and production facilities. This mutual validation works allow us to be ready for an immediate implementation.”

The new product includes a new Dow Automotive additive polyol with high and specifically balanced catalytic activity. This formulation allows foam manufacturers to eliminate catalysts and amine emissions when manufacturing polyurethane foam. The new additive polyol family also results in an improved processing window and improved aging and mechanical properties of foams made with SPECFLEX Activ.

SPECFLEX Activ has been tested and validated in an industrial setting by Faurecia, one of the leaders in automotive seating, at their foam production facility in Magny-Vernois, France.