When it comes to business, Patrick Stewart doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve. Mostly because the thermoplastic polyolefin vest he had made doesn't have sleeves.
The vice president and executive director for auto supplier Inteva Products LLC had a vest made from the same slush molded TPO skin the company produces for instrument panels and other interior parts to show how flexible and soft TPO has become.
"If we tried to do this a few years ago, it wouldn't move," he said after donning the gray vest during the Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive TPO conference in Troy, Mich., on Oct. 1.
The skin that makes up the vest has a leather-like grain, a cloth lining, three buttons and a machine stitched trim. It also offers the ability to stand up to weather extremes - a selling point for TPO since its introduction in the auto market.
"You could wear this to the beach every day for 10 years, and it wouldn't fade," Stewart said.
No word on whether Inteva is planning a swimwear collection for next year.
Stewart, by the way, will speak on Nov. 7 at the Plastics in Lightweight Vehicles 2012 conference in Livonia, Mich.
(... and thanks to Plastics News' Detroit-based staff reporter Rhoda Miel, for this post.)|