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

Material presentation

As a development service provider, imat-uve functions as the interface between material suppliers and processors. We focus on supporting car manufacturers and suppliers to make innovative materials fit for the future car interior. In our showrooms in Germany, China and the U.S. we exhibit materials from various categories. The original samples can be experienced in the material library on boards with the description of the most important properties. In addition, we digitize the materials in the imat material database and provide the information to OEM and Tier1 suppliers.

Material testing

We test your material for the automotive industry. In our certified laboratories, we fulfill and test according to the most important standards of the industry. For example, we carry out emissions tests (VDA 278, VDA 270, DIN 75201), burn tests or the Martindale test (DIN EN ISO 12947-2).

Scanning

By digitizing the original material samples using state-of-the-art scanner technology, the material textures can be used in development for real-time VR environments as well as photorealistic renderings for marketing purposes. This saves time and money by eliminating the need to create various prototypes or photo shoots. The material can be simulated on standard 3D models of auto components or applied to a proprietary CAD product model. All texture maps needed for a realistic representation of the material are transmitted via secure download or hard disk.

Workshops

imat-uve offers exclusive workshops as part of the imat think space. The aim is to develop a concept to a specific objective from the OEM or Tier 1 supplier with the help of different methodologies, materials, pictures, colors and accessories, and to present the results in a self-designed moodboard. imat think space workshops are conducted in an exceptional design loft in the historic “Monforts Quartier”. The creative atmosphere ensures free thoughts and inspirations for constructive work.

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