Burgos, Spain – Grupo Antolin and BASF have developed a recycled headliner material, which is being used in the production of an electric vehicle.
The companies declined to specify the make and model, but Antolin said that it worked with BASF to develop the material's manufacturing process through chemical recycling. Antolin said it validated and introduced the material in a European electric vehicle that has just been launched to the market.
The car headliner substrate is made by thermoforming a polyurethane foam with materials from post-consumer plastic waste and used tyres.
'We are going one step further by deploying the strategy among our clients worldwide,' said Javier Blanco, Antolin's sustainability director. 'Our next project featuring recycled core PU foam will be unveiled in 2022 and it'll be manufactured using renewable electricity.'
'This project is a step towards a more sustainable car interior trim and a huge leap for the wet PU technology,' Enrique Fernandez, advanced engineering director of overhead systems at Grupo Antolin.
The part looks and performs exactly like a standard headliner, the company said.
About 50% of the part's weight is recycled materials, it said. The project used residues in the textile, core foam and plastic sunroof reinforcement frame, that cannot be recycled in other ways. These, the company said, would otherwise be disposed of in landfills or end up in natural habitats like oceans.
‘[The technology] has demonstrated to be the most competitive in terms of cost and quality, fulfilling at the same time the most demanding specifications from our clients,' Fernandez said.