Livonia, Michigan -- Chrysler Group llc's use of recycled polyol for seat foam in its 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has allowed the company to win the Environmental category in the SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) awards for 2010.
The seats are moulded and supplied by Magna International Inc. of Aurora, Ontario, and is the first industrial application of a flexible urethane seat foam made using polyols manufactured from post-industrial scrap. The polyols are supplied by InfiChem Polymers llc of Sterling Heights. Polyurethane chemicals expert InfiChem has developed a two-stage closed loop recycling process using glycolysis and propoxylation, that allows up to 10 percent of recycled content in new seats.
InfiChem, Magna and Chrysler are developing further parts with recycled polyol content. Readers can see more details about this project in the forthcoming issue of Urethanes Technology International.
Chrysler was presented with the award during a 9 Nov event in Livonia.
The SPE's Hall of Fame award went to Detroit-based General Motors Corp. for its use of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), which started on the bumper fascia on its 1985 Chevrolet Cavalier. TPO has now become the standard material for fascia worldwide, with an estimated 65 to 70 million vehicles made each year with TPO fascias, accounting for nearly 1000 million pounds (450 kilotonnes) of the material annually.
The Hall of Fame award goes each year to an automotive plastics use that has been in continuous service for at least 15 years, and gained general worldwide acceptance.
SPE recognises new plastics parts and production methods each year.