CHONGQING, China—BASF S.E. and Yanfeng Adient Seating Co. Ltd. are promoting polyurethane as an automotive seating material through a strategic partnership reached recently.
Under the agreement between the two companies, BASF will provide technical know-how for materials, while Yanfeng Adient will make seats, research markets and test materials.
Yanfeng Adient, which has 18,000 employees throughout China, has been working with the German company in auto interiors since 2003.
"We want to become better acquainted with the materials to develop more differentiated, innovative and sustainable applications," Yanfeng Adient Chairman Wang Wuyang said in a statement.
The partnership also aims to shorten development times and reduce production costs. It also expects to streamline the supply chain.