Passenger transport

Durable. Breathable.
Comfortable. Lowest Carbon.

Trains & trams

Muirhead lowest carbon leather is natural, beautiful and luxurious but also delivers outstanding durability and exceptional technical performance with flame-resistant, lightweight, easy cleaning and even antiviral properties.

It meets the rail sector's increasing demands for comfort, hygiene and sustainability. And it delivers an exceptionally long service life. Our hard wearing quality and market-leading warranty will significantly reduce your total cost of ownership.

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Buses & coaches

Our lowest carbon leather with high performance qualities enhances the bus and coach experience for passengers. It's more comfortable and more hygienic than textile or synthetic alternatives. It's also more durable, increasing longevity and reducing maintenance, upgrade and refurbishment costs. We provide a market-leading warranty, and most of our customers find that our leather dramatically reduces the total cost of ownership.

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Industry leader

Our investment in flammability testing in-house means we can support rail seat manufacturers to certify a full seat with leather upholstery, whether it’s for new build, refurbishment or upgrades.

Flame retardancy standards for rail seat coverings are certified through combination burn tests, not just the surface material alone.

Our in-house testing laboratory is UKAS-accredited to carry out FAA 25.853, Vertical Burn and ABD0031 Smoke Density and Toxicity testing (BSI ISO 17025:2005) and enables us to test full seat constructions to EN45545-2 and EN16989.

Supplying the majority of European seat makers and vehicle manufacturers, Muirhead receives regular repeat specifications from operators and designers across all passenger transport modes. (Full ECE R118 compliance, FMVSS302, certification to R118.03 annex 6, 7 and 8.)

And while we provide a market-leading warranty, most of our customers find that their leather endures well beyond that point.

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Comfort that lasts

Many of our leathers are specially engineered to meet the greater abrasion, flex and colour fastness, rubbing in wet and dry conditions, and increased perspiration demands of passenger transport. No synthetic seat covering can match the natural breathability of leather, delivering ultimate passenger comfort by absorbing heat and moisture. And it dissipates weight without delaminating over time.

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Always innovating

Muirhead regularly invests in innovation, constantly advancing the performance of low carbon leather. Our LightCore™ full substance leather offers huge benefits to electric vehicle operators. And our ActiveHygiene leather reduces viruses (including SARS-CoV-2) by over 99% within two hours on the material. (ISO 18184:2109)

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Range of choice

Our stock includes high performance, low carbon leathers with a vast range of colours, finishes, textures and specifications, all provided from stock with next-day UK delivery and global shipping weekly, without minimum order requirements.

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Bespoke leathers

Working with the highest-quality, natural raw materials, we create custom leather products to meet the highest brand and market requirements of our customers. Our in-house designers and technicians work closely with them to develop the perfect colour match, design, emboss, deboss, digital printing, semi-and full perforation specification and finish to enhance the passenger experience.

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Cut & sew

Our industry-leading intelligent cutting technology can reduce the cost of a cut part package by increasing the yield of parts per leather hide and minimising waste. We offer full cut and sew services to supply you with complete high-quality seat covers.

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