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With high-performance PU foam solutions for automotive interiors, FoamPartner is making a significant contribution e.g. to the microSNAP variable mobility concept by Rinspeed.
With high-performance PU foam solutions for automotive interiors, FoamPartner is making a significant contribution e.g. to the microSNAP variable mobility concept by Rinspeed.
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FoamPartner, the Swiss polyurethane (PU) foam specialist, has partnered with Rinspeed, the renowned creative think tank and mobility lab for the automotive industry, to develop advanced concepts for the mobility of tomorrow.

The microSNAP concept car developed by Rinspeed demonstrated the potential of innovative foam technology for automotive interiors as well as acoustic and thermal insulation.

The microSNAP illustrated this comprehensive approach by means of a chassis with an electric drive and variable superstructures, including a robotized change station, all targeted at the autonomous local transport of goods and people.

The passenger compartment module has all the features required for tomorrow’s smart passenger transport, such as a digital cockpit, a voice assistant and, last but not least, a durable, rugged yet comfortable interior design.

Presented first early this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and now making its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the microSNAP benefits from several innovative foam solutions.

FoamPartner specializes in solutions for high-quality, low-emission and low-odor applications based on polyurethane ester and polyurethane ether foams. These are developed by its Acoustic & Thermal Solutions (A&TS) business unit as well as its Automotive Rolls (AR) business unit for automotive interiors, e.g. headliners, door panels and arm rests.

While engine sound-proofing is paramount for conventional combustion vehicles, considerably quieter electric vehicles have an increased need for reducing the rolling and wind noises transmitted into the passenger compartment. At the same time, thermal insulation is becoming ever more important to protect the battery from heat and cold and minimize the energy consumed for heating and air conditioning.

FoamPartner is a small but extremely customer-focused niche supplier,” said Kay Kosar, Vice President of the Acoustics & Thermal Solutions (A&TS) global business unit at FoamPartner. “We offer tailored solutions that make use of our expertise in polyurethane foam materials and processing, through to prototyping. The partnership with Rinspeed fits perfectly in our existing network with other manufacturers and suppliers of the industry, and has already resulted in several further innovation projects.”

Among its various customer services, the application development operation at FoamPartner includes comprehensive facilities for 3D component simulation. For prototyping, non-woven, leather and other surfacing materials are sourced from qualified network partners. Foams and components can be tested in-house at the company’s Acoustic/Thermo Center.

FoamPartner is the perfect address for us to implement our ideas for the comfortable passenger compartment of tomorrow,” said Frank M. Rinderknecht, CEO of Rinspeed AG. “Their application and development engineers share our passion for sustainable innovation and have an excellent sense of the art of the possible in foam.”

The microSNAP can be seen on Rinspeed’s booth, during the Geneva International Motor Show, which runs from March 7 to 17 in Switzerland.

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