BASF melamine foam makes railways seating lighter and fire resistant

BASF, the chemicals and polymers giant, has replaced conventional foams in railway carriage seats with an open cell melamine foam, ‘Basotect’.

It supplied the foam to the seat material maker Rogers Corporation, to supply trains in the United States.

Trains with the advanced foam seats run in the San Francisco Bay, and Long Island, New York. The foam in seat improves light-weighting and fire safety. The car seat cushion is 90 per cent lighter than the traditional foam cushions used in rail seating.

Holli Woodard, Market Development Manager of Basotect, said: “Light weighting is a major concern in the rail industry. By being able to take mass out of the rail cars via the seating, it helps the transit authorities provide public transit that is more fuel efficient with improved overall performance and longevity to the masses.”

Faizan Nasir, Market Development Manager at Rogers, said: “BASF’s Basotect foam offers a great value to our customers as it allows them to meet strict railcar weight requirements while meeting critical fire safety and performance requirements.”