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Alcantara. What is it?

A faux suede, a super fibre, a luxury fabric? These are some of the terms used to describe the material Alcantara. But what is this material that has become a household name to anyone familiar with automotive trimming over the past 4 decades?

The technical answer is that it is a synthetic textile. Developed in the 1970s by a Japanese chemist, Myoshi Okamoto and then produced by the Italian company, Alcantara. Not only is this material vegan and sustainable, but it also has unique properties of stain resistance, high durability, and a luxury feel.

After years of perfecting the manufacturing process and widening available applications, we now find ourselves with different types of Alcantara for varying markets, from Automotive, to Marine, and even to the Fashion industry. Alcantara boasts a wide portfolio of suitable applications.

Bentley, BMW, Audi and Aston Martin are just some of the luxury car brands choosing to use Alcantara in the interiors of their vehicles. At Boyriven, we are proud to be the sole authorized distributor for Alcantara in the UK. We have been supplying Aston Martin and their key manufacturers since the 1980s. Stocking a range of colours in the Alcantara Pannel and Alcantara Seating qualities, we have been helping car trimmers complete their jobs for dashboards, steering wheels, headlinings, and seating for over 20 years.

There will always be more affordable alternatives to luxury products, but there is a reason why the name Alcantara is so widely respected and still holds the same prestige that it did in the previous century. When it comes to quality and durability, Alcantara is a prominent player in this game and does not look like it is going anywhere soon.

Thus, if you require a sample of Alcantara, or advice on what materials you could use for your projects, then get in touch with us at Boyriven and we will be happy to help.

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Alcantara Uses

Alcantara is a vastly popular material for upholsterers to use. There is a wide variety of uses for the material. Whilst we are the sole UK distributor of automotive Alcantara, we can recommend the material for the following:

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