Noting that “every ounce counts,” Tapis is promoting its Ultraleather as a fuel saver. At 310 grams per square meter, it weighs less than half as much as natural leathers and 60 to 90 grams less per square yard than most lightweight leathers. The Armonk, N.Y.-based company also points out that Ultraleather offers 100-percent yield, while cutting from natural hides typically results in a 33-percent loss.
One of the difficulties with natural leather hide is that it doesn’t stretch consistently, making it difficult for upholsterers to work and resulting in more loss than desirable during the cutting process. Tapis’ new “two-way stretch tapisuede” has a polyester and polyurethane composition and comes in a maximum width of 59 inches and 33-yard rolls. According to the Armonk, N.Y.