Stahl

creates surface solutions for the car-with-a-garden

Swiss automotive innovator Rinspeed selected Dutch chemical surfaces expert Stahl to provide the finishing touch for the interior of its Oasis concept car. Creating process chemicals for leather products, performance coatings and Polymers, Stahl has built a strong, international reputation. The company is not only renowned in the automotive industry, but in the world of apparel and accessories, home furnishing, leisure and lifestyle as well.

Global player

The Oasis project is based on the vision that in the near future people will be spending more and more time in their (self-driving) cars. “This inspired us to radically rethink the interior and come up with the 3rd living space of the future“, says Frank M. Rinderknecht, CEO at Rinspeed. In order to create an interior that would match Oasis’ ambitious goals, Rinderknecht contacted Stahl. “We wanted to work with a global player in the car interior industry that would bring something extra to the table. Stahl’s solutions and the innovative materials used deliver an edge to both, the car manufacturers and the end users.”

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A car with a garden

For Oasis, Stahl came up with a number of innovative and sustainable solutions. Stefan Buri, Stahl’s Global Marketing Director Automotive: “We set out to inspire and surprise the user. With the interior of the Oasis we did what we do best: push the boundaries for achieving better end-products and helping to create a better future at the same time.” The ultimate eye-catcher is the small garden on the sideboard. This adds the element of nature to the car to make it a true third living space.

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Stay clean

With Stahl’s next generation car interior technologies, the company contributed significantly to reduced emissions and smell and, consequently, clean and fresh air for the passenger. The leather used in the car was tanned with a technology called Stahl EasyWhite Tan™, reducing the use of water, salt and energy during the leather processing. To improve the driving experience even further, Stahl added a special crystal effect solution, calling it Mystic Jungle. The glittering surfaces respond to changing ambient lighting and viewing angles. To protect the interior materials from dirt and stains, Stahl used its latest generation of Stay Clean technology.

Rinspeed and Stahl first worked together last year for the self-driving concept car Ʃtos. The launch of the Rinspeed Oasis took place this January during CES, an annual electronics and technology tradeshow in Las Vegas next January. Stahl employs more than 1,800 people worldwide, operating in 23 countries. In 2017 Stahl expects to realize a turnover of over 600 million euro.