Canadian Plastics

Chair Manufacturer Wanted Strength and Design Flexibility

Prior to launching production on its new Modus conference chair, German office furniture manufacturer Wilkhahn had to overcome a unique weight and stress-bearing problem with the design of the chair's...

May 1, 2003   Canadian Plastics



Prior to launching production on its new Modus conference chair, German office furniture manufacturer Wilkhahn had to overcome a unique weight and stress-bearing problem with the design of the chair’s seat base and back frame.

“The chair’s two-foot high back frame required a particularly long span of rigid material that would normally be associated with some type of metal product. But Wilkhahn also needed the product design flexibility that comes from being able to mold plastic,” explains Bill Looney, global market manager for Solvay Advanced Polymers.

Solvay’s IXEF polyarylamide resin solved the problem. Wilkhahn found that the material’s flexural properties resulted in superior performance when compared with die cast aluminum.

Wilkhahn was also pleased with IXEF’s excellent surface appearance. “Even though it is a reinforced product with a high glass fibre content, the surface appearance of the molded seat base and back frame was superb,” says Looney.

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