Innovative solutions for textiles and foams in the cabin: Changeable seat covers

Kaiserslautern/Hannover, Germany. With new product and technology solutions for seat covers, textiles and foams, the seat manufacturer RECARO Automotive Seating optimizes not only seating comfort but workflows for professional drivers. At the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016 in Hannover, product groups of parent company Johnson Controls will exhibit removable seat covers for buses or trucks with frequent driver changes as well as innovative foam and textile technology to improve seat climate and cushioning comfort.

The new concept for removable driver’s seat covers is aimed at transport companies and transit services. Where there are frequent driver changes in buses or trucks, washable, zip-removable seat covers can be a solution for more personal comfort and improved performance through regular changes as well as individual covers for each driver.  


RECARO also will highlight innovative finishing technologies for seat covers to help vehicle manufacturers differentiate themselves from competitors. At the IAA, a model seat shows the inkjet technology that can be varied with digital prints and colors on the center panels in the cover and combined with other finishing processes such as embossing, embroidery, perforation, or silk-screening. For example, the customized production of small series of seat covers is possible – for a special vehicle edition, for example – as well as integration into large-scale production. High perceived value of seat covers, as if stitched by hand, is made possible through a new, semi-automatic CNC manufacturing process for large series. This enables premium stitching effects for upholstery fabrics and the production of three-dimensional designs in leather and fabric. 


Noticeable health benefits for the driver and a comfortable temperature can be seen at the IAA 2016 on a model seat with integrated ventilation and heating. Through three-dimensional CNC sewing, the center panels can be connected in the backrest and seat cushion in one manufacturing step with the perforation and heating system.


New, innovative foam products improve the seating climate and long-haul comfort while dampening vibration. For example, “R-Comfort” cushions with integrated ventilation ducts in combination with air- and moisture-permeable seat covers provide optimal seat ventilation. The two-zone foam DHH (Dual Horizontal Hardness) has different degrees of hardness on two levels – the upper, softer layer provides comfortable seating comfort, and the lower, harder layer ensures optimum seat pressure distribution over long distances. With the new Vibratec foam, the pad thickness can be reduced while improving cushioning comfort.