In the relentless pursuit of efficiency and sustainability, the automotive industry continues to innovate in producing high-quality components. A prime example is the car steering wheel, which has undergone significant improvements over time. Concentrol introduces a new water-based release agent for leather foam used in steering wheel manufacturing.

Traditionally, the steering wheel manufacturing process commences with the creation of a metal skeleton made of magnesium, aluminum, or steel. Subsequently, a robot is employed to foam with polyurethane foam, covering the skeleton through an injection molding process. Following this, the horn system and sensors are installed. During this critical phase, it is imperative to use a release agent to prevent the foam from adhering to the mold, and this is precisely where Concentrol’s innovative water-based release agent excels.


Key Properties

This new release agent presents a set of properties that make it an innovative choice. It offers optimal demolding performance, ensuring a more efficient manufacturing process. Additionally, its low flow index and consumption translate to a substantial reduction in operating costs. Complementing these features is its compatibility with internal mold coatings and its optimal adhesion to leather coverings, essential for high-end steering wheels. 

This release agent’s ability to adjust the gloss level of the final product and provide a better tactile sensation further elevates the user experience. Moreover, it prevents defects such as white spots and maintains a tin content below 0.1%, making it safer and more environmentally friendly.


A Value Proposition

The introduction of this new water-based release agent in car steering wheel manufacturing marks an improvement in terms of efficiency and sustainability. The product offers high demolding performance, facilitating the manufacturing process.

The true added value of this release agent lies in its commitment to sustainability and safety. By eliminating flammability risks and reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, this solution positions itself as an environmentally responsible and safe choice.


Concentrol is deeply committed to research and development, considering innovation as a key pillar for a more sustainable and efficient future. This R&D focus not only drives the creation of new products and technologies but also enables the continuous optimization of existing processes and solutions. Through sustained investment in this area, the company remains at the forefront of technological advances, consistently seeking ways to improve both product performance and environmental footprint.

This approach is not limited to the company’s internal operations. Concentrol forges strategic collaborations with academic institutions, research centers, and other industrial players. These partnerships foster a learning and joint development environment, allowing the company to stay updated with the latest advancements and quickly adapt to changing market requirements and environmental regulations.

The company views innovation as a pathway to achieving a broader impact, contributing to the resolution of global challenges such as climate change, manufacturing safety, and long-term sustainability. Concentrol innovates with chemistry to generate a positive impact on society and the planet.