plastics – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Wed, 25 Nov 2020 14:59:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 The GPA Warns of Plastics Shortage for Car Manufacturers https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/the-gpa-warns-of-plastics-shortage-for-car-manufacturers/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/the-gpa-warns-of-plastics-shortage-for-car-manufacturers/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:18:45 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=24841 Le Groupement Plasturgie Automobile (GPA), the representative professional organization of plastics manufacturers in France has warned French automotive manufacturers that there will shortages of plastics like PA 6.6 that are used for making automotive components. The association said that there has been disruption in production and this is likely to lead to shortages of the […]

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Le Groupement Plasturgie Automobile (GPA), the representative professional organization of plastics manufacturers in France has warned French automotive manufacturers that there will shortages of plastics like PA 6.6 that are used for making automotive components.

The association said that there has been disruption in production and this is likely to lead to shortages of the material. Quotas have been imposed on the amount purchased and prices have also increased by over 40 per cent from 2017.

GPA President, Luc Messien, said that there are only five sites across the globe which produce adiponitrile, a key component needed for making PA 6.6.

PA 6.6 is a plastic that is highly resistant to high temperatures, and hence is widely used in parts inside the engine compartment, like filtration and cooling systems, air supply systems. It is also used for many other components like door handles and pedal units.

Messien explained that this particular material has already been registered by car manufacturers for its technical properties, and the process involved in getting approval for new materials is highly complex. Hence, it would be difficult to find alternative solutions on a short term basis.

Armelle Dumont, Managing Director of the GPA attributed the breakdowns in the supply of PA 6.6 to the fragility of the supply chain. Currently, only 55 per cent of Europe’s PA 6.6 production capacity is available. Yet, based on current demand, there should be an expansion in the production capacity.

The GPA is now urging manufacturers of plastic parts used in vehicles to secure their supply of PA 6.6, and is also urging car manufacturers to work development of alternatives to avert a possible crisis due to shortage of PA 6.6.

Dumont urged car manufacturers to shorten their approval processes as supplies to certain members of the GPA are slated to dry up at the start of 2019. Such a situation could endanger the complete production chain.

The GPA said that Tier One and Two automotive plastic suppliers are the “victims of an unsustainable scissors effect” brought on by “the rise in the price of PA 6.6, the quotas imposed and their customers’ refusal to pay for a part of these price hikes.”

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Volvo to Use 25 Percent Recycled Plastics in Cars from 2025 https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/volvo-to-use-25-percent-recycled-plastics-in-cars-from-2025/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/volvo-to-use-25-percent-recycled-plastics-in-cars-from-2025/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:56:49 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=23687 As part of an anti-pollution plan that was praised by the United Nations, Volvo has set itself the ambitious goal of sourcing at least 25 percent of the plastics it uses in new Volvo cars from recycled materials by the year 2025. According to Stuart Templar, director for sustainability at Volvo Cars, which is owned […]

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As part of an anti-pollution plan that was praised by the United Nations, Volvo has set itself the ambitious goal of sourcing at least 25 percent of the plastics it uses in new Volvo cars from recycled materials by the year 2025.

According to Stuart Templar, director for sustainability at Volvo Cars, which is owned by the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd of China this decision makes business sense and would not in any way compromise quality or safety. The recycled plastics would be obtained from fishing nets or old bottles in car dashboards or from carpets.

Many leading companies manufacture products which can be recycled after they are used to keep pollution at minimal levels. Volvo takes this a step further with its plans to incorporate more recycled materials into its production lines.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, which is owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd, said in a statement that this initiative is part of Volvo’s drive to minimize its global environmental footprint,”

Volvo is currently holding talks with plastics producers to achieve this goal so that from 2025, at least 25 percent of the plastics which are used in every new Volvo model will be made from recycled material.

Volvo currently sources about five per cent of the plastics it uses in its cars from recycled materials. The company sold 570,000 cars last year.

Volvo had recently unveiled a test model of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV in Gothenburg, Sweden, which is similar to the existing model except for the fact that some of its plastic parts were sourced from recycled materials.

For example, the carpet incorporated fibers made from PET plastic bottles, while material from old Volvo car seats was used for sound-absorbing material under the bonnet. Plastic recycled from fishing nets and ropes was used in the tunnel console between the passenger and driver seats.

In view of the fact that over eight million tons of plastics end up clogging the oceans every year and threatening marine life, Volvo’s plan to use more recycled plastic was welcomed by the United Nations.

“As far as we are aware this is a first – an attempt to source waste as a raw material for a new vehicle,” Erik Solheim, head of the U.N. Environment Programme in Nairobi, told Reuters.
“We need to see a situation in which plastic waste begins to have more value and the processes to transform it into something new will also advance,” he said.

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