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Alcantara: The Five W's



Alcantara S.p.A is the company that manufactures and markets worldwide the suede material under the registered trademark Alcantara. Alcantara is currently an Italian based company and was invented by the Japanese in the 1970s. Alcantara S.p.A is then the only world producer of the Alcantara material, providing a guarantee of pure Italian quality and excellence.


Behind the soft appearance of Alcantara, there is a man-made genuine suede fabric which is composed of about 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane. This helps provide the material with improved durability and stain resistance whilst still maintaining its outstanding appearance. This makes the material ideal for all automotive purposes as well being able to be used for most indoor Upholstery purposes.

Despite having a similar appearance to suede fabrics, Alcantara can endure much harsher environments without ruining its appearance. The Alcantara friction coefficient is extremely high allowing it to be very abrasion resistant and suitable for interior automotive purposes such as seating, steering wheels, panels and roofing. Furthermore, Alcantara has excellent anti-fouling and fire-resistant ratings.

With a vast range of colours, Alcantara is available in Panel (most popular) and Seating, with the difference only being the backing for extra durability. We can also provide a perforation or foam lamination service for all colours to suit all of your Upholstery Requirements.


As of January 2020, Boyriven were proud to announce our partnership with Alcantara becoming the only UK authorized distributor for Alcantara in the automotive sector. The material has now been made and stocked which means we can now provide Alcantara with next day delivery as well as meet all sample requirements made below.


There is only one place where you can purchase Alcantara in the UK for the automotive sector and that is with us at Boyriven. To request any samples or find out more about Alcantara visit:

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