Light Seats from Adient

By on February 1, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

Automotive seating supplier Adient continues focusing resources on the development of lightweight-seating technologies for automobiles. That’s a big challenge when one considers passenger safety, comfort and the growing trend toward multi-functional options within seats. As a result, Adient has been concentrating on alternative materials and composites. It reports that, over the last 10 years, it has reduced the weight of standard automobile seats by between 20 and 30 percent, with a goal of significant further reductions by 2020. Among the materials Adient is using to this end are glass, magnesium, high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced plastics.

At NAIAS in Detroit recently, Adient showed seats made of die-cast magnesium, and a glass fiber-reinforced plastic front-seat backrest for multiple seat platforms that significantly reduce overall seat weight. Adient also offers its premium Recaro Automotive Seat Platform (RPSP) brand, which includes carbon fiber-braided backrests structures, among other innovations, for luxury vehicles. The latest Recaro development is a limited-edition, aftermarket shell seat called Recaro Pole Position SL—a one-piece shell seat made of glass fiber-reinforced plastic that weighs just more than 15 pounds and a carbon derivative that is even lighter.