KYOTO, Japan (Sept. 28)—Sanyo Chemical Industries Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp. have developed a urethane-based skin material to replace polyvinyl chloride in automotive interior applications. Sanyo Chemical is targeting initial annual sales of $18 million for the material, which already is being used on instrument panels in Toyota´s Celsior, launched in August. The urethane skin products are based on a specially developed technology to produce urethane particles of a constant diameter, that makes the material easier to work with, according to Sanyo Chemical.
Sanyo and Toyota develop interior skin technology
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