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An evolution in the world of materials. NUO is as soft as leather and as smooth as fabric – made of real wood, vegan and sustainable. Hold NUO in your hand and you will immediately be amazed by the pleasant feel and beauty of the material. It is surprisingly light and looks very luxurious, can be bent in all directions and is very soft. The patented “soft wood” already dresses first shoes, handbags and accessories, and launches now world-wide on the market. The product is particularly suitable for high-quality interior fittings, such as wall and ceiling claddings with an acoustic effect and/or in unusual shapes. Use in the automotive industry is also conceivable.

NUO consists of high-quality veneer, which comes exclusively from sustainable forestry. The thin real wood is bonded with an environmentally friendly backing material (cotton), then the wood surface is lasered. The fine texture gives the wood surface its flexibility. The backing material provides strength and ensures that NUO is easy to process. If desired, the material can be coated with a protective layer of wax or lacquer. This protective layer makes NUO resistant to dust and moisture (depending on the surface treatment used).

Depending on the application, NUO can be equipped with various backing materials: e.g. cotton or moleskin (softer cotton variant). In addition, a second layer of fabric can be useful. This allows holes created by the laser to be completely closed again – which is advantageous for possible bonding with various carrier materials – but the material becomes slightly more rigid again. It is important to note that, depending on the industry and the area of application, a different processing of the material is necessary (different versions in engraving, reverse side material, thickness due to sanding process and reverse side material).

NUO is available in natural ash, natural beech, natural oak, natural walnut and two reconstituted versions fineline walnut and fineline light. There are four different engravings to choose from, ranging in size from 1.7 mm to a maximum of 4 mm. Oak is available in three engravings.

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