The number of cushions per car is considerably increasing, leading manufacturers to look at ways to reduce processing and raw material costs. They started to evaluate fabrics that were not scoured, eliminating in that way a processing step, thus saving on processing costs and increasing productivity.
Silicone coatings are a critical component of airbag cushions, both to ensure proper deployment and also to guarantee the functionality of the airbag over its lifespan.
This is why this situation brought a new challenge for our experts: how to guarantee the same performances on difficult substrates such as non-scoured polyamide and polyester fabrics and that, at initial but also after airbag ageing? In other words, could the silicone chemistry cope with such a structural change and support the industry ?