The new Range Rover (2013) is getting its sumptuous leather interior courtesy of Bridge of Weir Low Carbon Leathers
To be honest, where exactly the leather that swathes the interior of the new Range Rover comes from is not something that is high on the list of ‘must-knows’ for prospective Range Rover owners. But it is interesting, nonetheless.
Land Rover’s supplier of choice for the Range Rover’s leather is Bridge of Weir Leather Company, part of the Scottish Leather Group and a privately owned Scottish Company that just happens to be the UK’s only automotive leather manufacturer (although they may need to rephrase that in a couple of years if Alex Salmond gets his way).
The big shout is that Bridge of Weir’s leathers are low carbon, but what’s more interesting than the trendy (and, some would say, pointless) shout out is just how efficient Bridge of Weir are.
The Bridge of Weir factory has its own Thermal Energy Plant which provides 70 per cent of its needs (and will provide it all by 2015) and all the waste products are recycled instead of being discarded. That means oils converted to biodiesel, ash made in to house bricks and even off-cuts made in to belts.
Jamie Davidson, Sales Director for Bridge of Weir, said:
We have worked very closely with the Land Rover design team over a number of years to achieve a product that is just right for this outstanding new vehicle. It is a soft and sumptuous luxury leather, but low carbon, very technically advanced with superior performance and durability attributes as well. It is our flagship leather product for the world’s most refined and capable SUV.
So if you’re lucky enough to bag yourself a new Range Rover you can wallow in the sumptuous BoW leather knowing it’s made by a British company with its corporate head properly screwed on, and that Land Rover are supporting ‘home’ businesses in their supply chain.
A proper ‘Win-Win’.