Ludwigshafen, Germany - BASF says it has automated production of its polyurethane dispersion Steron, which is now available worldwide.
The coating system combines a different characteristics of leather, artificial leather, fabric and soft touch materials, BASF said in a 5 July news release, adding that it permits the creation of surfaces with a structure and design that "at present cannot be achieved any other way".
The German chemical company has joined with partners to launch the first product applications for Steron in the automotive and furniture industries. BASF said the PUD is of interest to designers of concept cars, who have "been inspired" by the wide variety of design options. The new coating is used in seat covers in the smart forvision car, a Daimler energy-efficient electric vehicle with a focus on temperature management and lightweight design.
Steron has also find uses in the clothing industry. BASF also noted that the first handbags made from Steron are expected to be available in shops as of the fourth quarter of 2013.