Speakers and delegates from around the world gathered on 5-6 February 2020 at the Jaguar Experience Centre in the heart of the UK car manufacturing industry in Birmingham, UK, for the first edition of Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry (TOAI).
Keynote speaker Amy Frascella of Land Rover Design emphasized the ncreased consideration of the provenance of the materials used and the whole life-cycle impact. With natural fibres and new materials come new benefits such as higher tensile strength, inherent heating/cooling, moisture wicking properties and anti- soiling solutions. In addition, the perception of luxury is changing, and sustainability is becoming an ever-more important factor in consumer-purchasing decisions.
Keynote speaker Amy Frascella of Land Rover Design emphasized the ncreased consideration of the provenance of the materials used and the whole life-cycle impact. © International Newsletters.
The presentations given over the two-day conference confirmed that textiles and nonwovens can and will contribute to the new mobility era by providing, for example, textile interiors with high levels of comfort for the occupant while reducing the impact of manufacturing on the environment, and new processes that offer textile interiors with high levels of comfort for waste-free recycled lightweight materials for interiors.
New concepts and techniques were described, which sparked informative discussion during the forum sessions. There were ample networking opportunities for all participants during the breaks in and around the exhibition area and at the evening reception.