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Alcantara Outlines Importance Of Sustainability At Wards Interiors Conference

May 10, 2016
By PRN NewsWire

DETROIT, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Alcantara will outline its commitment to sustainability as part of a panel discussion on automotive interior product-and-process innovations at the 12(th) annual Wards Interiors Show here on Wednesday, May 11, at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

“Our ‘Made-in-Italy’ products combine high-tech processes with Italian craftsmanship to produce products that incorporate the use of materials from renewable sources and employ processes that leave a minimal environmental footprint,” said Andrea Boragno, chairman and CEO of Alcantara S.p.A.

“We’re proud of our pioneering work within the industry that has helped make Alcantara one of the first companies in Europe and the first in Italy to be acknowledged as completely Carbon Neutral.”

Alcantara also is an interior material of choice on two of the 2016 Wards Auto’s Top 10 Interiors, which will be honored at the magazine’s interiors conference.

The 2016 NISSAN MAXIMA makes the most extensive use of Alcantara((R)), placing it on seats, door panels and the steering wheel. Ward’s editors point out: “Maxima makes a brilliant first impression with expert craftsmanship, a unique black-and-camel color scheme and loads of spectacular touches, such as the 2-tone flat-bottom steering wheel, expertly applied contrast stitching, cushy Zero-Gravity front seats and Alcantara((R)) diamond-quilted seating surfaces.”

Another luxury carmaker earning top honors for its interior design is the BMW 7 Series with headliners in Alcantara((R)) in a choice of Anthracite, Platinum, Champagne and Amaro Brown.

“So many features put the 7-Series in the winner’s circle: the massaging seats, heated armrests, chestnut wood trim inlays, wireless phone charging, Alcantara((R)) headliner and the swirling lighted speaker grates for the outstanding Bowers & Wilkins sound system,” note the Wards judges.

Alcantara S.p.A. –

Founded in 1972, Alcantara represents a prime example of Italian-produced quality. As registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A. and result of a unique and proprietary technology, Alcantara((R)) is a highly innovative material, offering an unrivalled combination of sensory, aesthetic and functional qualities. Thanks to its extraordinary versatility, Alcantara is the choice of leading brands in a number of application fields: fashion and accessories, automotive, interior design and home decor, consumer-electronics. These features, together with a serious and certified commitment in terms of sustainability, make Alcantara a true icon of contemporary lifestyle: the lifestyle of those who want to fully enjoy their everyday life, respecting the environment. Since 2009 Alcantara is certified “Carbon Neutral”, having defined, reduced and offset all the CO(2) emissions derived from its activity. To mark out the path of the company in such a field, every year Alcantara draws up and publishes its own Sustainability Report, certified by TUV SUD international authority and available also on the corporate website.

Headquartered in Milan, Alcantara production site and R&D department are located in Nera Montoro, in the heart of Umbria Region (Terni).

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