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Automotive industry: plastic recyclates offering prime-like performances in new parts

Automotive plastic parts: recycled material performs at over 80% of prime

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Country: 
Germany
City: 
Neuburg a.d.Donau

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No

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Submitted by: 
Bernd Sparenberg, Managing Director, WIPAG Deutschland GmbH
Start/End date: 
11/2018
Ongoing: 
Yes

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Description: 

WIPAG recycles post-industrial and post-consumer plastic waste from several industries with its main focus on automotive parts. Recycled parts comprise bumpers, dashboards, wheel-arch-liners, rocker-panel, front-ends, etc.

Production residues such as stamp-outs and scrap parts (post-industrial) or parts from end-of-life vehicles (post-consumer) go through a complex recycling process including shredding, delamination, density separation and electrostatic separation.

End products are Wipalen PP-GF compound or Wipelast PP-EPDM TV20 compound for the production of new automotive parts.

  • Wipalen can be included in new production up to 35%;
  • Wipelast can be included in new production from 40 to 100% of total amount;

While automotive plastic parts recycling proves efficient in terms of industrial results, the business considers stringent specification regimes at OEM/Tier1 level and sometimes cost pressure from low priced prime polymers, as a challenge for recycling momentum in automotive and other industries.

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Lab analysis shows that Wipalen, at a 30% rate of total material, delivers close to prime material performances,

and that Wipelast can achieve more than 80% of prime performances when accounting for 100% of base material.

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