Canadian Plastics

CGT to manufacture new material for auto interiors

Canadian General Tower has secured exclusive rights to manufacture and market what it is calling a breakthrough leather-like polymer product in North America. CGT, which acquired the rights from Tokyo...

September 1, 2002   Canadian Plastics



Canadian General Tower has secured exclusive rights to manufacture and market what it is calling a breakthrough leather-like polymer product in North America. CGT, which acquired the rights from Tokyo-based Idemitsu Technofine Co., will use the technology to produce coverstock for automotive seating surfaces, door trim, instrument panels, steering wheels, consoles and shift knobs.

CGT says the material’s comfortable feel and superior water absorption make it the most leather-like, non-leather product available to auto designers in North America. The product will be offered as both a PVC and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) coverstock.

The material is made by combining special resins with natural, organic materials in a patented process. The process imparts excellent moisture absorption and release properties, while dramatically reducing unpleasant clamminess. CGT began production of the PVC version of the new coverstock this summer and is planning to begin manufacturing the TPO version later this year.

The product is currently used only in select Subaru models sold in the U.S.

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Canadian General-Tower Ltd. 519-623-1630


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