Making an impact: composite car seats for impact-resistance
Italian auto part and accessory company, Sparco is a world-leading producer of equipment for motorsports like racing, karting and gaming. And for these types of high-impact applications, the right car seat is paramount. For safety, for ergonomics, for performance.
A novel solutionEnter IMCD Italy with the winning solution: a polyolefin mat inside resin transfer moulding (RTM). This novel composite material is lightweight, flexible and durable without compromising on quality standards. The polyolefin mat is the optimum solution in terms of thickness and adhesion inside the mould. And the chosen material not only maintains the same high performance while reducing costs; it also has a lower carbon footprint while production times stay the same.
Passing the testFinding a product that has all these qualities and is impact-resistant requires innovative design and high-performing materials. Sparco has stringent requirements when it comes to impact resistance – and this polyolefin mat/RTM composite material fits the bill. This innovative solution not only complies with the customer production process but also meets the client’s impact-resistance targets.
Collaborative processRobert Wood, Market Manager Composite at IMCD Italy, cites strong collaboration as the secret to the project’s success: “We already had an active, long-standing collaboration with suppliers on both the technical and the commercial side. And we have an ongoing, collaborative relationship with Sparco. These two things combined were strong contributing factors to the great result of the project. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Sparco – their name is definitely a calling card in the world of motorsports!”
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Our team’s knowledge and expertise about composite materials were what informed the final choice when it came to Sparco’s requirements. And it’s knowledge we’re willing to share with all our clients. Are you looking for something specific for your next project? Contact our Advanced Materials team for advice.