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Biobased Materials

Toray plans ultrasuede with plant-based content

by Jean-François Tremblay
December 2, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 48

 

Next year, Toray Industries will launch a new grade of high-end synthetic suede made with 30% vegetable raw materials. Marketed as Ultrasuede BX, the nonwoven fabric will contain polyurethane made with castor oil and ultrafine polyester made with sugar-derived ethylene glycol, giving it the highest percentage of plant-based raw materials on the market, the Japanese firm says. The suede is mostly used in the interiors of luxury cars and aircraft.

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