Show Review 2019

From fabrics to lighting, foams to fasteners, veneers to laminates, and seating to switches – the 2019 edition of Automotive Interiors Expo was the biggest yet, with a record number of attendees enjoying the latest products and innovations from over 180 exhibitors.

Meanwhile the free-to-attend Style & Technology Studio saw some 40 expert speakers address everything from plastic metalization through to the integration of optical fiber for interior customization.

Attendees were able to touch, feel and sample colors, textures and quality finishes, while also discovering new HMI materials, lighting technologies, advanced materials, and manufacturing processes.

Leonhard Kurz displayed a number of eye-catching, interactive backlit interior component concepts, including a backlit door trim featuring an innovative ‘day-night’ design. Inspired by nature and called Cloudy Feathers, the trim boasts touch functionality realized by capacitive POLY TC touch sensors, manufactured by Kurz subsidiary, PolyIC.

“We’re here at Automotive Interiors Expo to show the possibilities when you combine electronic foils with function foils and touch sensors, in a design context,” explained Thomas Hagen, area sales manager for Kurz, during the first morning of the show. “The show has already been very busy, with very exclusive visitors coming from all over the world.”

Toyota Boshoku displayed an exquisitely finished door trim for the Lexus LS Series, featuring ornamental cut glass and hand-folded satin detailing, to highlight its expertise in Japanese craftsmanship. The door trim was made using the company’s innovative, lightweight Kenaf natural-fiber based material, which uses a unique, patented method whereby heat-expandable microcapsules fill the gaps between the fibers during molding, to provide a rigidity comparable to that of conventional materials, but with a 20% weight saving. “We want to show new technology, but with traditional Japanese thinking, too,” explained Shinji Tominaga, general manager, R&D, Toyota Boshoku.

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