AMSilk GmbH, the biotech-based vegan silk material innovator, has announced a new partnership with German car giant Mercedes-Benz. The collaboration will see the development of novel, sustainable car door pulls, as part of the car manufacturer’s latest technology program.
“Amid a fresh wave of ambitious climate pledges, we are proud to be playing a leading role in providing solutions for a zero-waste future”
Called the VISION EQXX, the new concept car features organic and sustainable interior materials throughout, including the new door pulls made from AMSilk’s Biosteel fiber. The high-strength, certified-vegan, silk-like fabric is made using AMSilk’s proprietary biotechnology, with the company claiming to be the world’s first industrial supplier of vegan silk biopolymers which are 100% biodegradable, renewable, and zero waste.
The all-electric VISION EQXX will be the most efficient electric vehicle Mercedes-Benz has ever built, with Munich-based AMSilk showcasing its high-performance biopolymers in the vehicle. AMSilk Biosteel fibers are built for textiles and industrial applications and the company has announced further collaborations and partnerships with world-leading brands like Adidas and Airbus.
Vegan Biotech in Cars
Although the use of this biotech-based and certified-vegan silk fabric marks a first in the automotive sector, many manufacturers are seeking natural replacements to animal- or petroleum-based materials. Mexican firm Desserto, creator of sustainable vegan cactus leather, recently made its debut in the automotive industry with a BMW partnership, while Volvo recently announced plans to phase out leather and only use renewable resources.
“We are extremely proud to partner with Mercedes-Benz on the technology programme VISION EQXX, providing sustainable interior design solutions from our best-in-class bio-based fibers. Amid a fresh wave of ambitious climate pledges, we are proud to be playing a leading role in providing solutions for a zero-waste future,” commented Ulrich Scherbel, Chief Executive Officer of AMSilk.