Nanogate is involved in the series production for the Opel Insignia - New-style
coating protects car seats reliably and durably against dirt - Substantial contribution
to sales expected - Worldwide release for series production for General Motors
Nanogate is making sure that, even after many years in action, the Opel Insignia
still looks like new on the inside. With the help of the innovative Nanogate-Technologie®,
the seat covers are enhanced in such a way that they do not get dirty. This
allows Nanogate AG (ISIN DE000A0JKHC9), a leading international enabler for
nanotechnology, to expand its market position in the automotive sector. With
the Insignia, "Car of the Year 2009", Opel has become the first manufacturer
in the world to equip its seating upholstery with this new-style coating from
Nanogate. The first vehicles with the "Top Tec" enhancement have now
been delivered. In the medium term, Nanogate would like to generate a euro sales
volume running into at least six figures with this new technology. With the
series application at Opel, the recently-begun marketing of high-grade textile
enhancements has started successfully.
To begin with, the Opel Insignia, the "Car of the Year 2009", is
being fitted out with the innovative protective layer. Thanks to its worldwide
series release, further vehicles and brands from General Motors can now be enhanced
with this product. The seat coating with its nanostructures prevents dirt or
liquids from penetrating the fabric and discolouring the material. This coating
from Nanogate means that a light dab is enough to remove the dirt. As a result,
coffee, ketchup, pen ink or oil can no longer stain the highly sensitive seats
the way they used to. The upholstery's breathable properties are also retained.
The protective coating settles on every single fibre of the textile and is also
resistant to cleaning agents. In addition, other functions such as antistatic
and antibacterial properties and greater protection against flame damage can
be integrated into the product. The Nanogate-Technologie® was developed
in the Functional Textiles division, which was established in 2008. Active marketing
of it began several weeks ago.
Nanogate CEO Ralf Zastrau points out, "The fact that General Motors has
released our technology globally for the series is a milestone for Nanogate.
It shows the superiority and practical value of our solutions, and not only
in the Functional Textiles division. This success means that our years of development
work are starting to pay off. We expect that this new technology will enable
us in the medium term to generate euro sales running into at least six figures,
as well as attractive margins. In addition to the series launch with Opel, we
are involved in numerous rounds of promising negotiations with powerful companies
from other sectors."