TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Aug. 8)—Grammer A.G. claims it is the first automotive supplier to use a cast molding process rather than a spray process to produce polyurethane automotive "skins" or coverings. The process yields a covering that is only two-tenths of a millimeter thick or thicker in other areas on the same component, flexible, paintable, very durable and textured for good tactability, said Senior Vice President Eugen J. Geyer. Grammer is supplying skin made from the new process to cover the door armrests and front center console on the new BMW 5 Series, which debuted a month ago. The German company is talking to customers on a selective basis about supplying the new product, since it only has one line for production now and still is developing the product and process, Geyer said. Over the next five years Grammer will add additional capacity to manufacture the cast polyurethane skin, but currently it is making the product only in Amberg, Germany and not here in North America.
German automotive supplier debuts new cast PU skin for BMW
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