Two reSound REC Recycled Content thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) have been launched by Avient, designed for use in automotive interiors formulated with post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. The solution is stated to provide a “more sustainable TPE option with comparable performance to traditional TPEs”.
The reSound REC 7310 product range was developed to enhance sustainability, and adheres to common OEM standards for both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fogging.
The initial grades in the series are 80 and 90 Shore A durometers, which contain 35% or 45% PCR content from recycled food packaging.
The materials can also be customized, and injection molded or over-molded to polypropylene to produce door mats, center console trays, front and rear trunk liners, instrument panels and dashboards. The TPEs can be colored black (or other colors) to ensure they match prime grades of OEM-specific colors.
“These materials enable automotive OEMs and Tier 1s to satisfy performance needs and advance their sustainability goals,” said Matt Mitchell, director, global marketing, pecialty Engineered Materials, Avient.
“The use of recycled content also reduces carbon emissions, waste and pollution at the beginning of the product lifecycle for added environmental benefits.”
The reSound REC 7310 product series is produced in and available in North America.