The Automotive Unit provides high-quality engineered fibers, fabrics, and components for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide. The automotive product lines include precisely color-matched interior fabric from floor carpeting and trim fabrics to ceiling upholstery and package trays. Foss’ products can be found in nearly every major automobile manufacturer’s products, including those made by Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota, and Honda.
With a wide range of production capabilities, Foss’ automotive products are tailored to meet the demanding specifications of the automotive industry. Furthermore, Foss has demonstrated to the industry that nonwoven fabric reduces weight, improves durability, and saves money. As the only supplier in the industry to offer next-generation antimicrobial and flame retardant fiber, Foss’ Automotive Unit ensures that customers receive highly specialized products designed and developed specifically for their needs.
Automotive Product Capabilities
- Automotive Headliners and Dash Covers
Foss pioneered the use of nonwoven automotive headliners after noticing that conventional knit fabric ceilings of cars had a tendency to lose shape and fall after a number of years. In contrast, the nonwoven liners provide a finished surface that adheres easily to automobile ceilings and have become the industry standard. Product also uses Spectropile: Nonwoven polyester plush fabric for dash covers
- Antimicrobial Upholstery
Realizing that car upholstery frequently becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, fabric that incorporates Fosshield® Antimicrobial Technology is an ideal solution to counter the damaging effects of bacteria, mildew, and mold. In addition, Fosshield® eliminates odors in upholstery caused by bacteria, mold, and mildew.
- Car Wash
The leading car wash equipment makers and aftermarket accessories companies use Foss Cloth, made with 100% solution-dyed polypropylene fiber with a calendared finish.
Our materials offered for “B surfaces” are abrasion resistant, fire retardant (302), and perform to cut and sew specifications. Seat backing materials are available in flat and random velours that offer exceptional performance, low weight, and cost savings over knits, wovens, and vinyls.
- Floor Carpeting
Nonwoven floor carpeting for the automotive industry offers favorable cost savings and also demonstrates superior molding characteristics over woven [tufted] carpet. More prevalent in Asia and Europe, nonwoven floor carpeting is starting to take hold in North America as well.
- Engineered Fabrics
These fabrics are used in areas where molded shape retention is required, or acoustical and thermal performance are specified such as headliner systems, IPs, trunk and hood liners, wheel arch covers, under-hood absorbers, under-dash insulators, and other assorted applications. Foss engineers products that are completely recyclable, without fiberglass, for environmental friendliness.
- Trunk Linings
Made from recycled fibers and polymers, these low-cost products offer aesthetics, moldability, and improved noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) performance.
- Package Trays
These fabrics use materials that offer exceptional UV stability, are low weight, and have aesthetic enhancements. They can be combined with PP and PU systems through enhanced backing systems.
- Motorcycle Mat
Protective mat for use under motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATV’s, and cars, made from Foss brand solution-dyed polypropylene.
- Motor Home
Cargo Liner and Headliner
Carpet for cargo area and RV and Motor Home Fabric