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Ultrasuede nu for All Nippon Airways

High level of plant-based content in leather-like structure.

10th October 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Japan


Toray Industries has developed a new variety of Ultrasuede nu which partially consists of plant-based polyester and All Nippon Airways will adopt it for the headrest covers in its ANA Green Jet from November.

Ultrasuede nu consists of a nonwoven base material given a special resin treatment for a genuine leather appearance. The ultra-fine fibres on its surface are 100% plant-based polyester made of ethylene glycol from sugarcane molasses byproducts and dimethyl terephthalate from corn starch. Approximately 30% plant-based polyurethane is used inside the nonwoven structure made with polyol from castor oil plant. The scrim is also composed of about 30% plant-based polyester made from ethylene glycol from sugarcane molasses byproducts.

The product has a delicate texture and suppleness reminiscent of premium aniline leather and is light, comfortable and breathable.

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