This week’s newsletter homes in on two major trends in today’s automotive and mobility world: digitalization and new sustainable materials.
The in-depth article this week looks at how the traditional automotive world is merging with the digital world, with increasing numbers of collaborations as companies strive (and sometimes struggle) to stay on top of the latest tech trends. Many of these new combinations involve companies from outside the automotive world; they bring new skills and often a different approach to business as the traditional auto industry establishment recognizes its lack of digital skills. Sony and Honda creating Afeela, for example.
And as for sustainable materials, there’s a nonstop roll of developments and innovations—Grupo Antolin’s bamboo and recycled wood; Forvia’s Auroloop to replace PU foam with PET fibers in seat cushioning; new Covestro polycarbonates; numerous new leather alternatives…the list is growing at a galloping pace.
These topics are at the top of the DVN Interior Workshop happening this April in Köln. Exhibition booths and lecture slot priorities are given to DVN Interior members, so please confirm your participation before 16 February.