CORDURA(R) Fabric Featured in AUNDE Italia Upholstery for New FIAT Cinquecento Model

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INVISTA is announcing an exciting new collection of automotive seating fabrics, in partnership with AUNDE Italia. The first styles in the AUNDE Italia upholstery range made of CORDURA(R) fabric were introduced in the new FIAT Cinquecento, which was officially unveiled on July 4.

CORDURA(R) branded automotive upholstery fabrics are tested to ensure 100 percent compliance to automotive specifications.

    By mid-Oct. up to 22,000 units of the highly customized FIAT Cinquecento, which features more than 500,000 possible combinations of styling options had been sold. Both the Sport and Lounge models contain AUNDE Italia's upholstery made of CORDURA(R) fabric. The AUNDE Italia upholstery made of CORDURA(R) fabric is available in two colour options for the Lounge model and a further colour option for the Sport model.

FIAT'S 1950's models are what inspire the seats of the Cinquecento. They feature a split effect of solid tone fabric at the bottom and an upper lunette and head restraint that match the colour of the steering wheel. Additionally, the upholstered portions of the door panels are made to match the seats. The recently unveiled Cinquecento offers 15 upholstery options, including luxurious CORDURA(R) fabric styles made by AUNDE Italia SpA.

"AUNDE Italia entered into a relationship with INVISTA because we recognized the superior quality of CORDURA(R) fabric," says Antonio Brusadelli, CEO, AUNDE Italia SpA. "The fabric's reputation for long-lasting durability and INVISTA's successful track record in the automotive industry made CORDURA(R) fabric the right choice."

CORDURA(R) fabric is specifically engineered to offer maximum durability and to meet the critical standards expected in the automotive industry.

"INVISTA is well versed in the quality standards expected in the automotive industry, due to its No. 1 global position in the supply of fibre for airbags," says Bill Colven, global business director, CORDURA(R) brand. "CORDURA(R) branded automotive upholstery fabrics are tested to ensure 100 percent compliance to automotive specifications."

Products made by AUNDE Italia are meant for the interior of vehicles. In order to meet automotive regulations, all products are required to perform well in extreme environmental influences such as light, humidity and temperature. They must also pass stringent flammability requirements and be easy to clean.

"INVISTA has successfully built a reputation of exceptional durability and versatility for CORDURA(R) fabrics," says Cindy McNaull, global brand manager, CORDURA(R) fabric. "We continue our dedication to finding new and innovative applications for CORDURA(R) fabrics utilizing our core fibre technology expertise."

About AUNDE Italia

Founded in 1899, AUNDE specialized in the development and production of upholstery and technical textiles for the automotive industry, as early as the 1920's. Since 2003 AUNDE Italia have successfully developed automotive seating fabrics for top marques such as FIAT, LANCIA, ALFA ROMEO, AUDI, SEAT, VOLKSWAGEN and BMW Mini. AUNDE Italia now have two plants (in Poirino, Italy and Lodz, Poland) with close to 350 employees.

About CORDURA(R) Brand

CORDURA(R) is the registered trademark of INVISTA for durable fabrics. Known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs, CORDURA(R) fabric is used in a wide range of products, including luggage, backpacks, boots, military wear and performance apparel. For more information, visit http://www.cordura.com.

About INVISTA

INVISTA is an integrated fibers and polymers business with a global presence. It operates four major businesses: Apparel; Intermediates; Performance Surfaces and Materials; and Polymer and Resins. INVISTA delivers exceptional value for its customers through market insights and technology innovations, along with a powerful portfolio of some of the most recognized global brands and trademarks in their respective industries including: ADI-PURE(R), ANTRON(R), AVORA(R) FR, INVISTA(R) C12, COMFOREL(R), COOLMAX(R), CORDURA(R), CORFREE(R), DACRON(R), INVISTA(R) DBE, DYTEK(R), ESP(R), FRESHFLEX(TM), INVISTA(R) NYCO, LYCRA(R), PERFORMA(R), POLARGUARD(R), POLYSHIELD(R), POLYCLEAR(R), SOLARMAX(R), STAINMASTER(R), SUPPLEX(R), SUPRIVA(TM), TACTEL(R), TACTESSE(R), TERATE(R), TERATHANE(R) and THERMOLITE(R). More information on INVISTA can be found at http://www.INVISTA.com.

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