Automotive seating innovations discussed


Innovative inkjet printing for car seat covers has been introduced by Johnson Controls. The technology is available on woven seat cover fabrics, but not yet on leather or artificial leather seat covers.

Speaking at last month’s Innovative Seating conference in Düsseldorf, Germany, Andreas Maashoff, director industrial design and craftsmanship, consumer and market research, Johnson Controls, Germany, explained that the printing is applied before adjusting the cover on the seat, allowing the creation of exciting and attractive designs.

The inkjet seat cover, which is supported by a nonwoven structure, meets the strict lightfastness requirements of the automotive industry.

Expectations from customers on automotive seats were discussed at the two-day conference, which was organised by IQPC and attracted around 120 participants.

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