Design

Material Library

imat-uve ensures a harmonic interplay of materials and surfaces under demanding conditions

A material is not just a resource used to manufacture products and components for vehicle interiors – it conveys emotions and values, triggers memories and provokes reactions. The interplay of design, material and surfaces affects our perception of internal spaces. The look, feel, sound and smell – our senses absorb everything consciously or subconsciously and take an aversion to it or generate a feeling of well-being. imat-uve supports its customers at the interfaces between design, engineering and production along the entire value-added chain from the idea to the finished product, locally and globally. Our extensive library of innovative materials and surfaces, coupled with our years of experience in testing and developing materials and components, puts the service provider in an excellent position for assessing materials – not just from a design perspective but also in terms of their suitability for use in technical applications.

Visit our showroom in Monforts Quartier Mönchengladbach!

Here we present innovative materials in a specific industrial environment. Moreover, in this location also events, such as creative workshops, take place. If you would like to get more information about the material library and our services, contact us.

You are a material producer and interested in cooperating?  Then we would like to explain to you our different business models for integrating your material into our Showroom.

Our services along the value chain

Design

The individualisation and emotionalisation of materials and surfaces as well as their realisation with efficient use of resources – these issues concern the material experts at imat-uve. The design introduces ideas and inspiration. However, the technical feasibility comes into focus from the outset through close collaboration between designers and developers. Superior and sustainable designs are created in this way through mutual exchange.

Development

The need for cost optimisation and sustainability raises questions regarding material and surfaces not just in the automotive industry. How do you strike a balance between the cost and value of materials? How can you substitute materials without changing the necessary properties? How do end customers actually perceive quality? imat-uve focuses on individual solutions to all of these questions with its development services that are closely linked to design.

Engineering

If questions are resolved in design and development and a concept is developed, the idea becomes a reality in engineering. Prototypes for components and surfaces are created using state-of-the-art media, such as CAD programs and 3D printing. The potential and challenges for the future series production are evaluated through simulation and modelling. A close link between design and development ensures that adjustments can be made to concepts at any stage.

Testing

The link between the library and the materials’ technical performance data is imat-uve's unique selling point. A material database has been created from many years of experience in material and component testing, which can be used to link advancements or innovations to conventional materials. A varity of standard and special tests for the respective category (textile, plastic, wood etc.) are performed in the in-house testing facilities to safeguard and qualify a material for demanding conditions, such as for the automotive industry.

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