Lear has patented a method for creating leather coverings for vehicular parts. The process involves applying base and color coats to leather, embossing a foil transfer, and applying a top coat. This innovative system enhances the durability and aesthetic appeal of leather products. GlobalData’s report on Lear gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Lear, Battery management systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Lear's grant share as of February 2024 was 69%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for leather covering for vehicular parts

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Lear Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11919430B2) discloses a unique covering for vehicle parts and seat coverings. The invention involves a process where a segment of leather is treated with a base coat and color coat to create a finished leather segment. A foil transfer is then embossed into the color coat and secured with an adhesive, followed by the application of a top coat. The color coat formulation includes specific percentages of polyurethane, acrylic, and additives, while the top coat contains silicon and isocyanate crosslinkers. The adhesive used is heat-activated, and the top coat is free of color pigmentation, ensuring a durable and aesthetically pleasing finish.

Furthermore, the patent also details a vehicular foil transfer system that includes a leather segment, base coat, color coat, foil member with a heat-activated adhesive, transfer plate for embossing the foil onto the leather segment, and a top coat. The color coat and top coat formulations are similar to those used in the covering process. The system allows for the creation of intricate designs on leather surfaces, enhancing the visual appeal of vehicle interiors. Additionally, a method is outlined for applying the base coat, color coat, foil transfer, and top coat to leather segments, ensuring a systematic and efficient process for achieving the desired finish. Overall, the patent provides a comprehensive guide for producing high-quality, visually appealing coverings for vehicle parts and seat coverings using innovative techniques and materials.

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