23 Aug 2022

A lecturer from the University of Northampton will speak on the future of leather in automotive interiors at an upcoming ILM automotive conference, writes ILM.



On the day after Lineapelle, Friedemann Schaber, Senior Lecturer in Product Design at the University of Northampton, will present Leather Futures, Innovation Drivers and Trends in Automotive Interiors.

In this presentation, he will discuss how leather can be used as the material of choice for future automotive interiors. Schaber will chart leather innovations and how these align with mobility trends from a designer’s point of view.

About the speaker

Schaber has a background as an industrial designer working in Europe and the Far East prior to undertaking a PhD in Vehicle Design research at the Royal College of Art on design applications of collagenic fibres and biocomposites.

With his colleagues at the University of Northampton, he investigates design applications of sustainable materials and develops conceptual models and prototyping systems for industrial and transportation design. Schaber advocates for the introduction of live client projects into the design curriculum.

To find out more about the speakers and topics to be presented at the conference, or to register to attend visit the event page, and keep an eye on our website for more news about the presentation schedule in the coming weeks.

About APLF

We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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