Intier Automotive has announced that it has granted a license to automotive supplier Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. to manufacture and offer 'PUR-FECT(TM) Skin' technology on interior trim applications. The first use of PUR-FECT Skin by Toyoda Gosei will be for an instrument panel on a future vehicle to be built in Japan.

According to Thomas Apostolos, president of Intier Automotive's Interiors Group, "The agreement enhances our ability to compete for global quote opportunities, and also creates an avenue for us to provide new technologies to common global platforms."

The two companies have launched activities for transferring the manufacturing knowledge and process know-how required for PUR-FECT Skin.

Intier says that the technology, a polyurethane spray outer skin for instrument panels, door trim and floor consoles, provides carmakers with a durable and cost-effective alternative to PVC. The company also says that it produces a 'superb tactile feel with excellent grain reproduction' and that as an interior trim application, it provides superior heat- and light-stability characteristics.

The manufacturing process allows multi-tone colour applications with no post-painting requirements. The technology is currently used on the interior of the Cadillac CTS, Buick Park Avenue and Oldsmobile Aurora, and is scheduled for other future vehicle applications.

"We're pleased to be working with Intier, a company known for interior innovation," said an official at Toyoda Gosei. "The time is right for PUR- FECT Skin in the Asian market: it's a proven winner in North America and it significantly expands the soft interior trim capabilities currently available."