Jiangsu, China — BASF’s thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) Elastollan is being used in synthetic leather car seats produced by Suzhou Ruigao New Material.
According to BASF, the synthetic leather is highly abrasion resistant and “helps manufacturers meet the stringent volatile organic compound (VOC) standards for applications such as car seats and furniture.”
The firm has adopted Elastollan grade B50A12CF to make synthetic leather for use in a Chinese automaker’s latest model.
Tony Jones, head of industrial, performance materials Asia pacific, BASF, said Elastollan can be extruded onto fabric directly without a middle layer using a non-solvent based technology.
It “significantly simplifies and speeds up the production process of synthetic leather. This helps car makers meet the increasingly stringent VOC standards, especially for car interior applications,” he said.