Feasibility Study for the Development and Marketing of Magnesium Seats for the Motor Coaches and Other Modes of Public Transit

This study was conducted to dispel doubts about the use of magnesium to manufacture lighter weight seats for the public transit industry, particularly the motor coach industry. The introduction provides background on the study methodology and on the benefits of lower weight components in road vehicles. Part 2 is an overview of the public transit industry, including major industry players and changes that have occurred in transit vehicle markets. It also contains an overview of the passenger seat market and profiles of the principal seat manufacturers, and concludes with descriptions of current applications of magnesium seats. Part 3 examines major technological and economic issues related to magnesium seats, such as design standards, testing, properties of magnesium alloys, and costs. Part 4 outlines how the results of a case analysis were used to determine the technical and economic feasibility of small- and large-scale manufacturing of a new magnesium seat for the motor coach market. The final part summarizes the facts about magnesium seats and their viability, and makes recommendations with regard to the market potential of lighter weight seats.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport Canada

    Transportation Development Centre, 800 Rene-Levesque Boulevard West, Suite 600
    Montreal, Quebec  Canada  H3B 2X1
  • Authors:
    • Bergeron, F
    • Audet, J F
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English
  • French

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 135p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01000883
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TP 14275E
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 1 2005 2:55PM