A new semi-rigid PUR foam formulation for padding instrument panels and door trim is said to be the first that meets car makers’ new requirements for lower emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause window fogging.

A new semi-rigid PUR foam formulation for padding instrument panels and door trim is said to be the first that meets car makers’ new requirements for lower emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause window fogging. The new Elastoflex foam from BASF Corp. Polyurethanes, Wyandotte, Mich., is used in the new Mercedes M Class cars. It reportedly contains 100 ppm of VOCs compared with up to 800 ppm or more in typical foams. BASF has expanded its low-VOC, semi-rigid auto-interior foams to include versions for closed-mold or open-pour processes and standard or premium physical properties—all with cycle times as low as 60 sec.