Sage to acquire Adient’s automotive fabrics business

Automotive seating supplier Adient is to sell its automotive fabrics manufacturing business, including its lamination business, to Sage Automotive Interiors, a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei, for US$175m.

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Aircraft Interiors Expo postponed, new dates to be announced

Reed Exhibitions has announced that Aircraft Interiors Expo, World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo and the Passenger Experience Conference, which were planned to take place at the Hamburg Messe, Germany, from 30 March to 2 April 2020, will be postponed following the escalation of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Europe.

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Tesca acquires Willy Schmitz

Automotive fabrics and seating components manufacturer Tesca has acquired Willy Schmitz, a supplier of automotive fabrics for an undisclosed sum.

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New Audi A3 offered with sustainable interior concept

Audi is now offering seat upholstery made from recycled materials for the new A3.

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Sustainable non-leather options for luxury brands

Discussing designing for a responsible future at a conference held in Birmingham, UK, in February, Amy Frascella, design director, colour and materials, Land Rover Design, explained that automotive interiors as an extension of personal space is a concept that is challenging convertors of luxury materials, where textiles play a major role.

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Stronger carbon fibre produced three times faster

4M Carbon Fiber has produced a carbon fibre that is said to be 15% stronger than existing fibres, while tripling production output using atmospheric plasma oxidation technology.

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Supreme Nonwovens acquires Adient’s interior trim and NVH components business

Supreme Nonwovens Group, one of India’s largest and most diversified nonwovens groups, has through its majority-owned Thai subsidiary Supreme Feltol Thailand acquired the automotive interior trims and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) components business of Futuris Automotive, a subsidiary of US-based Adient.

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Adient sells Recaro Seating to investment firm

Automotive seating supplier Adient has sold its Recaro Automotive Seating business to Raven Acquisitions, a Detroit, Michigan, USA-based, privately owned investment corporation in a transaction effective on 1 January.

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Ideal Automotive acquires Concorde Group

Concorde Group has been sold to Ideal Automotive, a German company that has more than 50 years’ experience in the market and international presence in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, China and Mexico.

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European trade shows postponed

Two major trade shows with relevance to the transport textiles industry have been postponed owing to concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Both events were due to take place in March/April 2020.

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