ADDING STYLE AND FUNCTION TO CARS.
Every car has specific design objectives and target audiences, which are achieved in hundreds of different ways, including the choice of materials. This is a niche that Glen Raven has fulfilled since the early 1990s, beginning with classic woven fabrics for convertible car tops and continuing with sleek flat knits for headliners, which are made by our JV partner, Shawmut LLC.
The majority of convertible cars made today feature Sunbrella® fabrics as the face fabric for the top. Beginning in the early 1980’s we formed a partnership with Haartz, the leading fabricator of materials for convertible tops, to feature woven acrylic fabrics because of their classic good looks, durability and fade resistance. These fabrics must be flawless because of their impact on the overall look and feel of high-end vehicles. We began work with Haartz on topping in the early 1980’s. Also our woven acrylic is not branded as Sunbrella but is essentially the same as Sunbrella.
Perfection is also the goal for the flat knit fabrics, which are featured in the headliners of multiple global automotive brands. These fabrics are also used for visors, pillars, sunshades and rear package shades in addition to headliner.