SHANGHAI—Dow Inc. has partnered with Chinese language digital car producer Human Horizons on a silicone rubber-based leather-based as a vegan different for automotive upholstery.
Dow utilized “superior liquid silicone rubber know-how” to offer options similar to stain resistance, smooth contact feeling and robust weatherability, Human Horizon stated in a information launch.
The supplies emit “no odor” and have low unstable natural compounds (VOC), making them safer for customers.
To be featured within the Human Horizon’s tremendous SUV, HiPhi X, the “revolutionary silicone leather-based” matches client calls for by way of softness, moisture permeability, stability and environmental friendliness, the assertion stated.
The product can be utilized in numerous functions similar to automotive, yachts, aviation, medical science, furnishing and kids’s rooms.
Human Horizons and Dow entered a joint partnership in 2018 with a “cross-value-chain cooperation mannequin.”
Previous to the brand new silicone leather-based, the 2 corporations labored on 12 different merchandise, six of that are featured within the HiPhi X.
Different improvements embrace new Betafoam acoustic foams for the car inside to make sure excellent noise, vibrations and harshness (NVH) within the cabin and TC thermal-conductive interface materials for battery pack security, sturdiness and sustainability.
“We’re utilizing our materials science to innovate extra sustainable options for our clients and the planet,” stated Dr. Weiguang Yao, Asia Pacific CTO of Dow.
With its MobilityScience platform, Dow goals to work intently with companions like Human Horizons to convey “modern and extra environmentally pleasant options to the transportation trade,” Yao stated.