JCI teams with mattress firm for thin car seat

Published: February 2, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Automotive

BURSCHEID, GERMANY (Feb. 2, 2:15 p.m. ET) — Johnson Controls International has joined with luxury mattress manufacturer Harrison Spinks Ltd to integrate pocketed coil spring developed from mattress technology into an automotive seat concept called ComfortThin.

Johnson Controls Automotive Experience, which makes automotive seating, overheads, panels and interior electronics, said in a news release that the resulting thin profile seats replace conventional urethane foam pads with a 100 percent recyclable alternative, and provide a five to 20 percent weight reduction. This technology will be available for 2015 model year vehicles.

“As part of our innovation process, Johnson Controls looks to apply technology from other industries into automotive applications,” said Andreas Eppinger, group vice president, technology management for Johnson Controls Automotive Experience.

He added that using the Harrison Spinks technology allows the company to offer a seating concept with “an unrivalled level of support that contours to the vehicle occupant’s body for short- and long-term comfort.”

JCI claims that the ComfortThin seat, which can be used for first, second and third row seats, provides a “dramatically thinner,” tailored seat back with up to a 20 percent reduction at the centre of the seat and a 35 percent or more reduction in the bolsters.

The active seating surface adapts to passengers occupants of all sizes, according to the company. Each spring unit is able to react independently, further improving seating life while giving occupants the right amount of support when and where it is needed.


Comments

JCI teams with mattress firm for thin car seat

Published: February 2, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Toyota says Mirai fuel cell sedan represents a 'new start' for the carmaker

March 2, 2015 11:55 am ET

Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle, a car that runs on hydrogen and emits only water, has had an ironically low-tech birth and has an equally ...    More

Image

Plastic Omnium makes China investment push

February 26, 2015 4:35 pm ET

Three of the six new plants that automotive molder Plastic Omnium SA plans this year will be in China, part of a broader push it’s making in...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events