A future-looking innovation to increase passenger confidence

March 29, 2021
Muirhead Active Hygiene Leather is a sustainable natural leather with built-in antimicrobial technology designed to improve the hygiene of aircraft cabins. The Scottish-Swedish partnership between Muirhead and Polygiene® will help customers and partners in the aviation, bus, coach and rail sectors create safer cabin environments, reassuring passengers that they can once again travel safely.

Muirhead is the leading expert in creating the most natural, lowest carbon, high-performance leather for seat covers. Their latest innovation, Muirhead Active Hygiene Leather with Polygiene ViralOffTM, is a sustainable leather with built-in antimicrobial self-cleaning properties providing best-in-class hygiene. Polygiene ViralOff is permanently integrated into the leather during the production process. In addition to breaking down bacteria that cause odors, ViralOff breaks down viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease Covid-19, to over 99 percent within two hours*.

“We are pleased to offer Muirhead Active Hygiene Leather with Polygiene ViralOffTM to take seat hygiene to a new level and play a key role in setting new standards in cabin wellness. The team at Muirhead are working closely with Airlines, Design Studios and Aircraft manufacturers to create interiors solutions for the future of travel and transportation”, says Archie Browning, Sales Director at Muirhead.

“Muirhead is a leading supplier of fine Scottish leather to the global aviation industry with a strong reputation for responsible innovation, durability and circular manufacturing. It is inspiring how they lead the way for sustainability in the leather industry, just as we at Polygiene lead the way for sustainability in the textile and fashion industry through our antimicrobial and odor removal products. We are looking forward to adding value to this industry together with Muirhead”, says Ulrika Björk, CEO of Polygiene.

*Against tested viruses, SARS-CoV-2, H3N2 and H1N1 – according to ISO18184:2019 standard.
Polygiene ViralOffTM does not prevent diseases but protects the treated material.

About Muirhead

Muirhead, established in 1840 and a member of the Scottish Leather Group, is one of Europe’s oldest tanneries; it is widely recognised as a global leader in the responsible manufacturing of high-performance leather. Muirhead is considered the global market leader in aircraft seating, supplying the world’s only full substance leather with a significant weight reduction to over 160 airlines, airframe and seating manufacturers around the world. As well as the manufacturing site in the UK, they have sales offices located in the USA, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Muirhead leather with logo

Muirhead is a leading supplier of fine Scottish leather to the global aviation industry with a strong reputation for responsible innovation, durability
and circular manufacturing