The weight. There is no material that can match it for lightness. The larger the area to be covered, the more weight, and therefore CO2, is saved.
We use a special polyester nonwoven. More precisely: A needle-punched nonwoven, which we treat with various methods to satisfy the requirements placed on a cargo cover.
That depends. If we replace PVC with a nonwoven, it can easily amount to 450 grams per square meter of material. For a 1 to 1.5 square-meter cargo cover in the car, that's almost a kilogram.
No, there are more. For health reasons, car manufacturers are increasingly avoiding the use of PVC. Cargo covers made of this material emit vapors, so-called volatile organic compounds. In other words, substances that transition from solid to gaseous state at about 50 °C. Park a car in the sun, and these gases can form. Our nonwoven, however, does not produce such emissions. And by the way, it is also cold-resistant.
Even at -10 or -20 °C, the material does not freeze. Yet that's exactly what happens with many covers made of PVC or other materials. Then they can no longer be rolled out.
Yes. An Asian car manufacturer is already using it. They've already had good experiences with our performance material, which can be found in the headliners of many models, among other places. For the cargo cover, the developers approached us and asked for an alternative to PVC. Together, we developed the ideal solution and even jointly patented it.