The driving force for the leather of tomorrow.
At Bridge of Weir Leather, we’re always innovating. Never afraid to try and test new products, new tannages, new technology, and new ways of working. To push performance and durability. To zero in on new trends and test the limits of possibility. To offer luxury and comfort of tomorrow, today. The future of leather is in our hands.
When it comes to design and innovation, we lead the industry; investing in the latest designs and techniques to produce the world’s finest leather. Understanding weight savings are critical to help support industry sustainability targets. Our lightweight automotive leather saves our customers up to 20% in material weight while delivering the same durable automotive physical performance, and without compromising on that luxury leather texture.
Through our on-going commitment to research and development we are able to offer our customers the newest technologies. Trialling innovative tannages for full automotive interiors, including the seats, door casings and dashboard to bring a variety of leather options to the market, and deliver inspiration to the teams we work with across the industry.
In late 2021, our Warwick Design Studio will open in the natural heart of the UK automotive design community to facilitate greater collaborations with our customers.
We’re part of Scottish Leather Group, a family of businesses working hand in hand to reduce our impact on the environment. Sustainable manufacturing practices are key to how we measure this success. We’re taking pioneering strides in how we produce our leather, making it perform better than ever and do better for the planet.
We start with Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to measure the carbon intensity of our products. Not only does this help us benchmark the impact of our manufacturing process and supply chain, but it identifies areas for improvement that we can share with our customers to help reduce their carbon footprint.
Our goal is to be a carbon neutral business by 2025, and our on-site thermal energy plant, unique in the leather industry, helps bring us one step closer to achieving that. It generates heat from our own waste to power our tannery, significantly lowering our carbon footprint, and its current expansion will enable us to increase our capacity to provide renewable heat on-site too.
Developing leather to meet automotive specifications means we continuously strive to find new and pioneering processes that will guarantee our leathers perform to the highest standard. Our dedicated research and development teams are always innovating, exploring a range of new techniques, including non-chrome and non-aldehyde tannages, cleaner and more environmentally friendly processing, lightweight leathers, and advances in anti-soiling and dye ingress technology.