Announced at the TMNA R&D Purchasing Supplier Development’s 2023 Annual Business Meeting, the award was for a new process to enhance design expression for genuine leather on seat surface materials.

The new Pangea technology notably went into the 2023 Lexus RX as its first application, “providing complex expression as a complement to Lexus’ exclusive designs”.

Tim Brennan, EVP for Sales, Marketing & Design at Pangea, said: “The receipt of the TMNA Technology & Development Award is most gratifying as it shows our strength in global service to our customers.

“Particularly when it comes to design and development, this type of new technology furthers the Lexus experience with its sophisticated buyers. We thank the Toyota and Lexus organisations for recognising this unique technology that blends the beauty of leather with distinct design expression.”