The producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, has partnered with the automotive think tank Rinspeed AG, Zumikon/Switzerland, to introduce highly sustainable fibers for automotive interiors in Rinspeed’s 2019 concept vehicle “microSnap”.
Under the collaboration, Lenzing’s sustainably produced botanic fibers are incorporated in the seat cover fabrics of the “microSnap” to enhance sustainability of the futuristic vehicles, while offering new levels of softness moisture management and body temperature regulating technologies.
Fibers for the trademark “Lenzing for Automotive Interiors” comprise of Lenzing Lyocell and Modal fibers, which are produced from renewable wood sources through eco-responsible production processes and certified as compostable and biodegradable. Combined with the innovative Eco Color Technology, Lenzing for Automotive Interiors fibers also feature long-lasting color-fastness with color pigment embedded in fibers during production process. This technology has a relatively lower environmental impact than conventional resource-intensive dyeing process, bringing a further upgrade to vehicle sustainability.
The partnership also complements the on-going collaboration with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to manufacture automotive interior components using Lenzing for Automotive Interiors fibers.