Striving to use only the finest materials in their automobiles, Bentley have added the first new veneer to their line-up in five years. This new veneer has been titled Liquid Amber which comes from the American Red Gum tree which is located in the Mississippi wetlands in the south-east of the US.
This new addition to Bentley's veneer range is the seventh veneer that is exclusive to Bentley. New veneers being added to the Bentley collection are a rare occurrence as the team behind them go to severe lengths to ensure only the finest materials are used.
The resin extracted from the American Red Gum tree is known as liquid amber due to the perfumed scent it emits. Bentley intends to only use trees of the highest quality, and will only harvest the veneer twice per annum. From which, the wood will go through a natural smoking process which can last up to almost two months, which will give it a deep, rich brown lustre to accompany its warm red hue. After which, the veneer is taken to the UK, to the Bentley workshop in Crewe, where it will be closely inspected alongside the other veneers.
Bentley has seven exclusive veneers available for their customers to select from, some of which are made from eucalyptus and olive ash, which are sourced from around the globe in pursuit of perfect materials. Bentley reject between 30 two 70% of the veneers offered, with all the materials requiring a high-burr density and minimal sapwood, as well as no bark growth and a non-compromised structural integrity.
Another recent material Bentley has added to its veneer range is stone veneer; a luxurious interior finish that gives a contemporary natural feel, from a material that has formed over 200 million years. These materials are sourced from quarries that have been thoroughly reviewed in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, India, a country that is renowned for its history of stone masonry.
From here, slate and quartzite stone are extracted, that are made into smaller pieces and then cured using glass fibre and a resin. The stone is then shaped and finished by Mulliner, Bentley's world-famous coach building division.