Global interiors specialist Faurecia has devised and developed a new technology for vehicle interior surfaces, according to the company’s vice president of industrial design, Andreas Wlasak.

DaimlerChrysler’s new SLK roadster is the first vehicle to use Faurecia’s polyurethane cast skins to give an extremely high quality, soft-touch finish.

According to Wlasak, so-called ‘slush skins’ are increasingly used in vehicle interiors. Slush skins are normally produced by a spray process, which results in a soft touch but a sometimes-uneven uniformity. However, Faurecia produces the two-tone skins for the SLK by casting them in polyurethane to give a perfectly controlled thickness, which leads to a very uniform surface and thus high perceived quality.

The new casting process also saves production time and reduces the likelihood of squeaks from the door skins, again resulting in a higher perceived quality.

Faurecia is the number one supplier in Europe for door panels and number two worldwide; the sector representing 34% of the company’s sales, second only to the seating division, which achieves 43% of sales.

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