2022 SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
Sustainable vehicle interiors enabling new design trends
Continental will display its new premium upholstery material, Benova Eco Protect, which recently caught the eye of the jury of the prestigious German Innovation Award as a product that moves the industry forward through its originality, implementation and effectiveness, making vehicle interiors more sustainable, durable and comfortable.
Whether on the instrument panel, door panel, side or center console, seat cover or headrest – wherever Benova Eco Protect is used, it impresses with its soft feel and exceptional value appeal combined with outstanding aging resistance and light resistance. Due to its excellent heat and UV resistance, the material also withstands special environmental influences in the vehicle compartment. This makes it particularly durable. In addition, these properties enable new interior design trends through the use of bright colors on demanding surfaces. Benova Eco Protect is currently being produced in Germany; in future, it will also be manufactured at Continental's American plant in Winchester, Virginia.
"On the road to sustainable vehicle interiors, Benova Eco Protect is an important milestone," emphasizes Gabriele Wittmann, global director research at Continental. By consistently avoiding any critical ingredients, plasticizers and solvents, the material is particularly low in emissions and odors and has a low product carbon footprint. It also offers a weight advantage of about 20% over comparable cover materials and is free of materials of animal origin. In addition, the resource-conserving and energy-efficient production process make a positive contribution to the eco-balance of the entire vehicle.
Thus, it's no wonder that the German Design Council has appointed Benova Eco Protect ‘Winner’ in the ‘Excellence in Business to Business’ class in the Materials & Surfaces category out of 640 entries. The non-profit foundation works as an interest group for design-oriented companies and presents the German Innovation Award every year.