NPE ’12: Heavy trucks to start using recycled materials - SABIC

05 April 2012 02:33  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS)--Post consumer recycled (PCR) materials are making strong headway into the heavy vehicle market, Greg Adams, vice president, automotive and polycarbonate strategy for SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business unit said on Wednesday.

This week, SABIC unveiled the first use of PCR materials in a North American heavy trucks: Volvo’s VN platform of seven models of heavy trucks for freight hauling, with the brackets of the side air deflection system, “made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water-bottle scraps turned into polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) for Valox resin,” Adams said.

Adams was speaking at the sidelines of the National Plastics Exposition (NPE) in Orlando.

SABIC’s Valox iQ resin contains roughly 60% PCR content and, according to the company, reduces the resin’s carbon footprint by as much as 49% as opposed to virgin PBT resins.

But while other PCR materials can lose performance through successive melt histories, Adams points out that Valox iQ resins are up-cycled to deliver comparable or better performance than conventionally manufactured materials.

In addition to weight lose, the Valox resin delivers excellent resistance to impact, chemicals and stress fatigue.

“We have the opportunity to take weight off” with new polymers for body panels and roof systems, said Adams, and the less a vehicle weighs, the better its fuel efficiency.

“The auto industry is always looking for ways to reduce weight and emissions” and methods already used in light vehicles, like passenger cars, “are becoming more translatable to heavy vehicles,” said Adams.

The four-day NPE is sponsored by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and runs through Thursday.

($1 = €0.75)

By: Ivan Lerner
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