“Automotive Interiors Expo opened its doors this year to record visitor levels, and was solidly busy from the moment it opened, right the way through to close, ” reported show founder, Tony Robinson. “The show demonstrated a very high level of innovation in materials and finishes, with many exhibitors presenting products that are enabling car manufacturers to create low-cost, high-technology and increasingly refined auto environments, even in their cheaper models.”
The hall floor was home to record numbers of exhibitors, with 100 in attendance. Impressed with the diversity of innovative products was showgoer Nicholas Harrison, a body designer for interior at Toyota Motor Europe: “It’s really interesting and very varied. For me, another interesting part was the presentations, particularly the discussion hosted by Frank Stephenson, who is a design director at McLaren, UK.”
Exhibitors reported a successful show, too. Simon Slater, European business manager at Heathcoat Fabrics, commented, “This is the first time we’ve exhibited here and it’s been very encouraging in terms of the quantity and quality of visitors so far. We’ve spoken with several OEMs who we’ve never had contact with, and re-established contact with several others.”
Among the new technologies on display were Addiplast’s new ADDIBIO Renew GEI 52009 + GEI 52021 bio-based compounds for coloured interior aesthetic parts. These are very low in density and use a renewable polypropylene compound, which saves costs as well as weight because the compounds can be injected into the same tools as polypropylene filled with minerals.