Vacuum Folding Technology
2011 - PACE Award Winner
What: Vacuum Folding Technology
Judge's Citation: Takata has created the only Vacuum Folding Technology (VTF) for airbags after working 4 years and winning 50+ global patents. The VFT reduces the space, mass and weight of airbags leaving more space for other safety items, clearing the sight line for driver safety and giving styling creativity options to designers. 59% of current airbag modules is the cushion pack and Takata has created a process to vacuum pack cushions in a unique way to hold a force of equal to 30 Newtons! This includes new processes for folding, new films for packing and new ignitors for inflating while improving on key safety aspects of all types of airbags.