21 August 2018
Microfibre composite material for automotive headliners
A microfibre multilayer composite for use in automotive interiors has been developed by Alcantara of Milan, Italy. The material could be used, for instance, as vehicle headliners or for covering the parcel shelf or interior pillars
The composite comprises a layer of microfibre nonwoven coupled to a layer of fabric (preferably knitted) made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET – polyester) fibres by means of a specific adhesive.
The key innovation disclosed in International Patent Publication WO2018/138641 is that dyeing is carried out after the production of the multilayer material as the adhesive is capable of resisting the severe process conditions used for dyeing suede-like artificial leather. As a result, the final material has a uniform colour and appearance on both surfaces.
In addition, the coupling of nonwoven and the PET fabric provides the multilayer material with superior elasticity, flexibility and formability characteristics.