Can someone tell me the advantages/disavantages of the alcantara material? It looks like it is used extensively in the interior of the S260 and although I know this material is also used in other cars, including exotics, frankly, I like the look of the leather in the S240 better. I haven't seen or touched the material in person.
So, what am I missing here and why is it so widely used?
From the Alcantara web site........
Timeless elegance, distinction and sensory appeal. Combined with innovation, high-tech applications, versatility, and a pleasant feel. These are all features of Alcantara®‚ a registered trademark that distinguishes the products of Alcantara S.p.A.; for years our company has been strongly committed to offering solutions marked by certified high quality and globally unparalleled technology, in constant evolution.
That's why the little ® next to the Alcantara® brand has enormous significance: it's a guarantee that protects consumers against illegitimate use and imitations, highlighting the importance of our international reputation and the uniqueness of our brand.
The unchallenged leader in its sector for upholstering all kinds of design, Alcantara® is more than just an innovative material, it is one that can help to define your world: it ennobles form and enhances design.
The incredible appeal of Alcantara® stems from a true technological breakthrough, an invention that comes from Japan.
It all started in 1970, when Japanese Dr. Miyoshi Okamoto filed a patent for this innovative material. To tap the full potential of this extraordinary discovery, the Italian ENI Group was chosen as the European partner that could help it tackle the market.
Once an agreement had been signed for commercial use of the patent, the material was launched under the brand name Alcantara®.
Alcantara® is based on a proprietary technology, yet unrivalled, and ensures that the product will preserve its avant-garde and uniqueness features over time.
Alcantara® is a lifestyle in constant evolution. The high technology that is at the basis of the production of Alcantara® allows infinite colour combinations and customised processing.
The solutions made by our Trend&Design team are based on constant experimentation and an eye for the latest fashions: floral patterns, silver or glitter finishes and tasteful contrasts are just a few of the many possible applications, all aimed at highlighting the style and elegance of a material that is globally unparalleled.
All phases of processing, from spinning to dyeing, are carried out in the 200,000 square metres of our large Italian plant in Nera Montoro, near Terni.
This is where the magic of Alcantara® was born: every aspect of the facility is avant-garde, based on some of the most sophisticated scientific research developed by the international chemical and textile industry.
The Research and Development department is constantly at work on new products and polymers, inventing processes that are geared to the market of the future.
Another concrete example of the company's sensitivity to technological evolution can be found in the significant relationships built up with major European universities active in fields of possible affinity with Alcantara® products.
Alcantara places enormous importance on high automation of its manufacturing process, as well as its commitment to foreseeing and minimising environmental impact: its policy is aimed at ensuring levels of eco-efficiency higher than those currently required by specific regulations."