Continental is to use Biovyn, a bio-attributed PVC, from supplier Inovyn in the production of technical and decorative surface materials for its automotive customers. Continental says the move will help reduce its carbon footprint and meet customer demand for sustainable bio-based products.
Biovyn is a new generation of PVC grades certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). It is a ‘drop-in’ product that is made from a 100% renewable raw material, avoiding fossil-based feedstocks. This product enables more than 70% greenhouse gas savings compared with conventional PVC production.
“Major automotive manufacturers are now demanding more sustainable raw materials such as biobased polymers,” explained Dr Dirk Leiß, who leads Continental’s surface solutions business area. “With the fully bio-attributed PVC material, we meet these customers’ demands, contribute to more sustainability and drive innovation of products at the same time.”