January/February 2023 – Busline Buyers Guide To Seating & Fabrics
Pirules 16-E, Interior B. Complejo Ind. Cuamatla, Cuautitlán Izcalli, 54730 MEXICO
Company Officers: Donovan Albarran, Export Sales Vice President; Bob Greene, Sales Representative; and Jeff Goldwasser, Sales Representative
Products: Amaya-Astron Seating specializes in the development and manufacture of cutting-edge and innovative products, offering customized solutions for the coach market. The company’s seats and other products stand out for both their quality materials and constant monitoring of the production process.
2476 Waldorf Court, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544 USA
Products: As a global textile manufacturer, Camira offers total fabric solutions for passenger transport interiors. Known for its traditional plush wool moquettes, Camira’s manufacturing expertise also covers lighter weight pile fabrics with added design and texture; contemporary flat weave fabrics for seating, vinyls, leathers; and a wide range of ancillary interior trim fabrics for other surfaces within motorcoaches. Transportation fabric collections include Aura, Aura Twist, Fusion, Vigor, Vision, Vita and Rhino. Added fabric protection comes from Defender, Camira’s triple action, long-lasting fabric treatment, which has an invisible protective shield making fabrics anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-stain. As well as its extensive portfolio of stocked ranges for motorcoach interiors, Camira has an in-house design team that can customize. Camira’s transport fabrics are designed to coordinate with a wide range of other options. That includes leather and vinyl, as well as trim options for piping, headrests, wall side and ceiling finishes, and curtaining.
Chestnut Ridge Foam, Inc.
443 Warehouse Dr.
Latrobe, PA 15650 USA
Products: CR SAFGUARD® XL Fire-Resistant Seat Cushioning meets the stringent fire performance criteria within FTA Docket 90-A. The cushioning eliminates viable combustion within the largest interior fuel source. In bus interiors, the key combustible components are seating materials, and the federal regulation FMVSS 302 for seat cushioning and covers are grossly insufficient and outdated for fire safety. FMVSS 302 permits the use of polyurethane (urethane) cushioning that is so flammable the nomenclature “solidified gasoline” is often used to describe it. When exposed to even minor ignition sources, polyurethane cushioning will ignite easily, burn profusely, melt, drip and rapidly ignite the surrounding materials, while emitting large volumes of toxic smoke. The rapid spread of flames poses a serious danger to ridership, particularly those with mobility challenges.
CR SAFGUARD® XL fire-resistant cushioning is available to all seating manufacturers for O.E.M. vehicles. In addition to safety, CR SAFGUARD® XL offers major advancements in seat cushioning durability and comfort. Any vehicle seating specification can easily add CR SAFGUARD® XL. Condensed specification verbiage is available upon request.
De Leo Transportation Fabrics
53 Dwight Pl.
Fairfield, NJ 07004 USA
Products: De Leo Transportation Fabrics (DLT) offers a variety of velvet compositions including 100 percent polyester, 100 percent acrylic, 85/15 wool/nylon, 30/70 wool polyester constructions, 100 percent polyester flat wovens and vinyls. DLT is dedicated to providing custom designs, custom coloring, and innovative and durable qualities to pass all required industry standards.
Schoepf GmbH & Co KG
Rathausstrasse 18-24, Stammbach 95236 GERMANY
Products: The medium-sized family business E. SCHOEPF GmbH & Co. KG has been in existence more than 160 years. It produces high-quality technical fabrics. As a system supplier, it produces certified seat covers, side panels as well as ceiling panels and curtains for worldwide, well-known brands of the automotive industry, for urban traffic operation (buses and trains) and for seat manufacturers. Also provided are highly elastic fabrics or vacuum moulding materials for manufacturers of construction, industrial and agricultural vehicles.
Creative design, highest quality (certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001) and environmentally appropriate production (DIN EN ISO 14001) are inextricable at E. SCHOEPF. Its fully integrated production processes ensure extensive know-how, short reaction times and effective development services.
Freedman Seating Company
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4545 W. Augusta Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60651 USA
Products: For over 125 years, Freedman Seating has been engineering and manufacturing seats and seating-related products for many different applications. Its product lines include bus, rail, marine, delivery truck, specialty and commercial vehicle seating. Consistent growth and expansion has earned Freedman Seating recognition as a leading manufacturer of transportation seating solutions. Manufacturing seats for buses, Freedman Seating supplies the major OEMs, over 250 bus distributors, the federal government, and many states and municipalities. The family of Freedman Seating bus seats includes products for small and mid-sized coaches, paratransit vans and buses, public transit buses, and private bus operators.
Its new SeatLink™ technology is a seat information tracking system powered by InterMotive Vehicle Controls. The system displays and tracks the occupancy and belt status of passenger seats and provides visual warnings for the driver. The system will trigger an alert if an occupant sits but does not buckle or buckles before sitting.
Kiel Seats North America LLC
2009 Middlebury St.
Elkhart, IN 46516 USA
3000 Madison St.
Bellwood, IL 60104 USA
Products: Kiel Seats North America is part of the international Kiel Group, a manufacturer of transit seating systems for commercial vehicles and public transportation, including buses on the local, regional, and intercity level.
Lantal Textiles, Inc.
1300 Langenthal Dr., P. O. Box 965
Rural Hall, NC 27045 USA
Products: Supplier of flat woven fabric to the bus, rail and aviation markets. Manufactured in North Carolina, Lantal’s fabrics meet or exceed the specifications required by the industry as well as Buy America for the transit market. Free design services available.
1011 Herman St.
Elkhart, IN 46516 USA
Products: Lazzerini Corporation is a U.S. based subsidiary of Italian seating company, Lazzerini S.r.l. Founded in 1967, Lazzerini, S.r.l. designs and manufactures innovative and lightweight passenger seats for the global mass transit markets with localized operations in the United Kingdom, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Canada. In 2015, Lazzerini Corporation was established in Elkhart, IN, and is manufacturing and supplying Buy America compliant seats. Lazzerini is known for its use of the latest materials to create standard flexible seating platforms, combined with fully modular construction. This allows for easy customization, installation, maintenance and efficient vehicle packaging that optimizes passenger “living space” and vehicle seating capacity.
RECARO North America, Inc.
49200 Halyard Dr.
Plymouth, MI 48170 USA
Products: RECARO Automotive Seating is a manufacturer of ergonomic operator seats. Recaro has been manufacturing mass transit commercial seats for over 20 years. The company’s North American-built seats fit nearly all applications. The Recaro Ergo line of seating is flexible and durable to meet the mass transit market.
Sardo Bus & Coach Upholstery
503 S. Main Ave.
Minneola, FL 34715 USA
Company Officers: Louis Sardo, President; Jeanie Sardo, Vice President; Betty Sahranavar, Director of Operations; Sandy Follis, President of Sales; and, Kathy Cruse, National Sales Manager
Products: Sardo Bus & Coach Upholstery’s craftsmanship and customer service has made the company an industry leader in motorcoach and transit refurbishment. Sardo’s Original Professional Mobile Road Crew is a trendsetter, providing experienced onsite installation services. This minimizes a customer’s down time, while providing personal attention to detail. Sardo guarantees its workmanship for as long as a customer owns the coach. The company also manufactures custom fit seat covers for mail-out service, including instructions and seat cover liners for easy installation.