Tightening environmental regulations are challenging the automotive industry. Meanwhile the automotive interior is becoming a decisive factor in the car user’s buying decision. Miko srl, Gorizia/Italy, a subsidiary of the automotive supplier Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc., Greenville, SC/USA, a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei, Osaka/Japan, now produces Dinamica, the first ecological microfiber suitable for a variety of applications.
Together with Asahi Kasei, Miko already patented the Dinamica raw material made from recycled plastic in 1997. Dinamica is suitable for seats and backrests, as well as panels, roof lining and door interiors of automotives. The recycled polyester (PET) contained in the microfiber derives from polyester fibers (T-shirts, fibers etc.) and PET plastic (bottles, packaging materials etc.). Recycling PET means a reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 80% compared to the traditional petrol-based PET production process. Dinamica is produced using an innovative water-based manufacturing process in which no harmful chemical solvents are used. This process compacts the fibers, making them elastic and resistant.